R.I.P. und Good bye Wim.

Tragic loss in dutch dressage team

R.I.P. und Good bye Wim.

RB | Dressage – The dressage world has lost one of its big ones. Wim Ernes is dead. The 57-year old died of complications from cancer that was diagnosed in January 2016.

Der niederländische Bondscoach Wim Ernes 2015 bei der Europameisterschaft Dressur in Aachen. Nun ist Wim verstorben. © Equestrian Worldwide - EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann
The dutch Bondscoach Wim Ernes 2015 at the European Dressage Championships in Aachen. Now Wim is dead. © Equestrian Worldwide – EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann

Shortly before Christmas 2015 the dressage world was about to stand still. After a seizure the Dutch Bondscoach Wim Ernes had to be hospitalized and early January the terrible diagnosis was made: a malignant tumor that was so bad that it could not be operated on. Wim Ernes withdrew from the public and started his fight against cancer.

Wim Ernes stand für höchstes Know-how im Dressursport und Teamarbeit. Das Bild stammt von den Weltreiterspielen in Caen (Frankreich) 2014. © Equestrian Worldwide - EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann
Wim Ernes stood for the highest expertise in dressage and teamwork. The image is from the World Equestrian Games in Caen (WEG Frankreich) 2014. © Equestrian Worldwide – EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann

One last time was Wim, clearly marked, in public in 2016 at the Indoor Brabant when he was honored for his „Golden Team“. His golden team riders –  Edward Gal, Hans Peter Minderhoud, Diederik van Silfhout and Patrick van der Meer – rode for him in the hall that was occupied to the last seat and shed bitter tears when Wim Ernes tried to thank them, his voice choked with tears. You could feel the connection with „his horsemen“ and the teamwork for which he stood for all his life. The audience rose for a standing ovation. It was to be his last public appearance

The Sir in dressage
Wim Ernes was a horseman through and throug: Trainer, Bondscoach and chairman of the KWPN stallion licensing. His knowledge, his style, his always friendly and calm manner earned him international recognition. In 2012 he worked among others as a judge at the Olympic Games of London, in 2013 he assumed the office of the Dutch Bondscoach as successor to the controversial Sjef Janssen and led his team at the European Championship Herning (Denmark) to team silver. At the World Championships in Caen (France) and at the European Championships in Aachen in 2015 his team took gold.

Dressage World and European Champion Edward Gal appreciated "his" Bondscoach Wim Ernes beyond measure. The image comes from the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Caen (France) 2014. © EQWO.net / Ruth Büchlmann
Dressage World and European Champion Edward Gal appreciated „his“ Bondscoach Wim Ernes beyond measure. The image comes from the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Caen (France) 2014. © EQWO.net / Ruth Büchlmann

Only yesterday (31.10.2016) he received the Gold KNHS as a sign of recognition for his commitment to the Dutch equestrian sport. Today Wim Ernes is dead.

The dressage world loses a man who has not only influenced dressage but also the sport. He was a Sir, always friendly, with infinite expertise. Listening to him was an explosion of knowledge about horse and rider.

Trauer um einen besonderen Pferdemenschen: Wim Ernes mit Welt- und Europameister Hans Peter Minderhoud bei den Weltreiterspielen (WEG) in Caen (Frankreich) 2014. © Equestrian Worldwide - EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann
Mourning the loss of a very special person: Wim Ernes with world and European champion Hans Peter Minderhoud at the World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Caen (France), 2014. © Equestrian Worldwide – EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann

Thanks Wim – for many conversations, beautiful moments and your wonderful way. It was an honour for me and an honour for us!

Good bye Wim. Wir behalten Dich in lebendiger Erinnerung. © Equestrian Worldwide - EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann
Good bye Wim. We will keep you in living memory. © Equestrian Worldwide – EQWO.net | Ruth Büchlmann

In deepest mourning we take leave of you. We will send your family strenght and power in such a vulnerable moment of sadness. We will keep you in living memory, Wim. Goodbye. Rest in Peace. Ruth and the whole EQWO team

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