Johan Rockx Appointed Assistant to Dutch Team Trainer Wim Ernes

Fri, 03/11/2016 - 19:29
Dutch Dressage News

Maarten van der Heijden, topsport director of the Dutch Equestrian Federation, announced at the 2016 CDI-W 's Hertogenbosch on Friday 11 March 2016 that Dutch Grand Prix rider Johan Rockx has been appointed temporary assistant to Dutch team trainer Wim Ernes.

Wim Ernes has undergone his second round of chemotherapy in his fight against brain cancer. As his health condition is uncertain the Dutch equestrian federation went in search of an assistant who can lighten Ernes' task while he also works on recovering his health.

The Belgian based, 52-year old Johan Rockx has been appointed assistant team trainer effective immediately. Rockx is an international Grand Prix rider but competed at his last CDI in May 2014. He is also a certified coach level 5 (GP level) and an active member of the trainers platform of the Dutch Equestrian Federation.

Wim Ernes will continue to be the number one team trainer but Rockx will be assisting him in his duties.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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