Hyun Woo Do and Duisenberg in Korea to Prepare for 2022 Asian Games Team Selection

Thu, 02/03/2022 - 15:10
Hyun Woo Do on Duisenberg with trainer Jessica Süss after winning the Prix St Georges in Troisdorf :: Photo © private

Korean Hyun Woo Do and his newly acquired Grand Prix horse Duisenberg have made a winning show debut in Germany and are now in Korea to prepare for the 2022 Asian Games. Duisenberg's former rider Jessica Süss has been hired as supervising coach.

Grand Prix Schoolmaster 

The 19-year old Hyun Woo Do, who started riding at age 15, purchased the rising 13-year old Hanoverian gelding Duisenberg (by Desperados x Weltmeyer) at the end of November-begin December 2021 as a schoolmaster and Asian Games' hopeful.

For the past two years Duisenberg was competed in international Grand Prix sport by German Jessica Süss.

Süss and Duisenberg campaigned at CDI's in Mariakalnok, Pilisjaszfalu, Aarhus, Salzburg, Opglabbeek, Herzlake, Hagen. Their highlight event was the prestigious CDIO Aachen in September 2021, where they finished 15th in the 4* Grand Prix and 8th in the Freestyle. 

Hyun Woo Do

South Korean rider Hyun Woo Do discovered the big chestnut gelding for sale at Isabell Werth's yard, where he tried him out and immediately clicked with him. 

To prepare himself in an optimal way on Duisenberg, Hyun Woo tapped into the expertise of his rider and trainer Jessica Süss to help him with the buttons on the horse. The first weeks into his partnership with the Hanoverian, Do got an immersion course with Süss at her base, Haus Möllenbeck, in Warendorf.

First Start, First Victory

Hyun Woo Do and Simply Red
The new duo tested the waters quickly and made their show debut at the Late Entry regional show in Troisdorf (GER) on 9 January 2021 after less than one month togethed.

Riding in the Prix St Georges in a field of eleven strong, Do and Duisenberg immediately won the class with 71.009%.

Move to Korea

The young pair has now travelled to Korea, where they will prepare for Korean team selection in the hope of riding at the 2022 Asian Games in Huangzhou, China, in September.

Duisenberg arrived at the Hwaseong equestrian club on 27 January 2022, where he joined Do's second FEI level horse Simply Red, a 14-year old Hanoverian gelding Simply Red by Sir Donnerhall x Wolkenstein II which his family bought three years ago from Holga Finken.

In Korea Hyun Woo trains with Hyeok Kim, his coach of four years. Kim won team silver and individual bronze at the 2018 Asian Games after preparing himself with Benjamin Werndl in Aubenhausen, Germany. 

Asian Games Dream

Hyun Woo and Duisenberg in Warendorf
(Photo © Thoms Lehmann)
Do is following Kim's strategy and has trained for one month at Aubenhausen with the Werndl's assistant rider Amelie von Harsdorf, before he scouted Duisenberg and got acquainted with Jessica Süss. 

The 2022 Asian Games in Huangzhou are the clear target for this young man, who aspires a career in horses. 

"Jessica and Hyeok will help me train for the Asian Games selection in April," Do told Eurodressage. "I'm really looking forward to competing with Simply Red and Duisenberg."

Photos © private - Thoms Lehmann

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