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Olaf Petersen: Building a course is like a Hamlet
Petersen, the international course designer who has been building
fences here since the beginning, always enjoys coming to this Italian
show. Not only because of the international atmosphere, but also
because of the people. The German national builds courses all around
the world but this one has a particular human aspect to it:
" Years ago a program was created here to help people. That
spirit is to be felt all around this arena when I come here to build
the courses. If I leave here, I always feel content about my work
and the people. Usually I only need one hour to change an arena
into a perfect course, here we have the time to take 6! There is
not too much pressure during the day, giving us the opportunity
to talk to each other and get to know each other better."
words from the man who has once compared building fences by directing
a theatre play: " Let me take Hamlet as an example. Shakespeare
wrote the play, but it is up to the director to make Hamlet either
a really interesting or a boring person. The same thing happens
with building fences. We always have a starting line and a finish
line, it is what is between the two that makes a difference. In
the case of Hamlet, we can use decor and images to make the play.
Here I can use fences, combinations, colors and distances to make
a class interesting or boring. So you need the director to make
things happen. Hamlet always has the same words, but the director
gives it its interpretation. Basically that is what we do."
showjumping more popular has been on the agenda for some time now.
What does Olaf feel is the most important change that has been made
to improve showjumping's popularity?
" Let me give one example of such a change. The Nations Cup.
The FEI has called a new League into being, the Superleague where
the best 8 nations compete against each other in selected events,
such as Rome, Aachen and Rotterdam. We could compare this League
with the Champions League in football. If a team is not good enough,
they move off to the second league. We have a professional sport
and we would like to measure up to other big sports such as golf
for example. So we also have to look at the money as well. We have
30 nations cups every year. Now we get a selection of the best nations
in the world."