The first thing on the agenda when a new rider arrives at Holger’s place is an assessment. How well does he or she ride? How talented is the horse? What’s the goal? What has to be done to achieve it? In Ingemar’s case it was soon obvious that, theoretically, the sky was the limit. “When Ingemar arrived for his first lesson with his pony he’d been riding him in small classes at local shows," Holger recalled. “But he was a good rider, and he had an experienced pony with plenty of scope. All the two of them lacked was a systematic training plan, a sensible show schedule, a long-term strategy and good coaching.” First of all Ingemar’s pony Ocean des As, or ‘Ole’, was stabled at Holger’s place and worked by Laura Hetzel, Helena Konst and Christine Dorenkamp. Christine also looked after Ingemar on his regular visits from Sweden for training. After just four months with Holger the 13 year old had successfully ridden his first international pony class and caught the eye of Swedish national trainer, who invited him to be part of the European Championship team. A silver medal in 2016 was the reward for all the hard work, and motivation to continue.