20 February 2016

Arjan Brink retiring as official

International level 4 course designer Arjan Brink has decided to cease his activities as an official for the FEI and the KNHS as of January 1, 2016. Brink has played an active roll  in the combined driving sport since 1978, but due to the many changes over the years feels that it is just no longer 'his' sport. 

As a course designer, Arjan Brink was responsible for the building of many World Championships in diverse disciplines. Such was the case with the World Pairs in Zwettl (Austria) in 1991, Poznan (Poland) in 1995 and Hara de Jardy (France) in 2003, The World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera (Spain) in 2002 and together with Johan Jacobs, the World Four-in-hand Championships in Beesd (The Netherlands) in 2008.

Arjan Brink was also the course designer for a large number of national and international competitions in the Netherlands and abroad such as Teteringen, Breda, Deurne, Beekbergen, Zelhem, and shows in Spain, Austria and the United States.

As well as giving courses in course building for the KNHS and the FEI, Brink was also, under the supervision of Gé König a integral contributer to the first hand book for obstacle judges for the NBVAP.

“I look back on all of the years spent in the driving sport with fondness. I have made many friends over the years. The sport continues to become more professional and I feel that it doesn’t suit me any longer, and thus my decision to stop.” says Brink.