The Dutch Dressage Team Coach Wim Ernes has announced that he is going to step down as chair of the KWPN stallion licensing committee.
“I have thought about it for quite a while now”, said Ernes. It has become more and more difficult for him to fulfill his duties as Dutch Dressage Team Coach and chair of the committee at the same time.
“I do believe that the next couple of months are going to be a bit less stressful for me. But considering the Olympic Games next year and the upcoming European Championships this summer – which are at the same time as the ‘Paardendagen’ in Ermelo – it is going to be really hectic again.
During the stallion tests I have to travel to Ermelo a couple of times a week and you need to have a flexible schedule in order to do so. I do not always have that. The position of the chair is really important and needs to be fulfilled 100 %.”
The 56 year-old is also an international judge on five-star level. In order to remain in that function he has to judge a few times a year as well. Therefore, he wanted to step down as chair for a while now but will continue his duties a little longer in order to give the KWPN time to find a suitable person for the position.