Living Legends - Jos Lansink: "I still remember the competition I came to and they were still getting the cows out of the arena ..."

Living Legends - Jos Lansink: "I still remember the competition I came to and they were still getting the cows out of the arena ..."

Now available on Equitube is the new episode of Indoor Friesland and Horse & Country TV, Living Legends! Five living legends such as Franke Sloothaak, Jos Lansink and Jeroen Dubbeldam bring out some great moments. "I still remember Indoor Friesland where we were unloading the horses and in the meantime they were removing the cows from the indoor arena ... times have changed a lot."

Prior to the Indoor Friesland Grand Prix, a roundtable discussion was held with five Living Legends of the Dutch show jumping sport. They have all participated at Indoor Friesland several times in the past, and they have all meant a lot to the Dutch show jumping sport ... and they actually still do. Together these Living Legends have won 19 gold medals, 3 silver and 8 bronze medals at European Championships, World Championships, and Olympic Games: Hans Horn, Johan Heins, Franke Sloothaak, Jos Lanskink, and Jeroen Dubbeldam.

Best moments of their career

During the World Jumping Championship in Caen, 2014, Jeroen Dubbeldam jumps the last fence and becomes world champion. A girl comes in dancing, arms up and skipping. It turned out to be his daughter to congratulate him ...

Dubbeldam: "That was absolutely a unique moment. In any case, winning was already very unique at that moment, but that your daughter then flies into your arms, at a moment when everything was already a bit emotional in terms of private atmosphere too, then you certainly shed a tear."

Sloothaak: "I had already written you a small message in the morning in which I said: 'Jeroen you can become the first Dutch World Champion today'."

Dubbeldam: "Yes, but I listen to you, that I do!" (laughs).

Their biggest disappointment, how they solved it, and what they learned from it

Jos Lanskink: "I remember very well that on October 4, 1991 I broke my leg during a competition in Copenhagen. They immediately operated on me at night and put my leg up to the top in a cast. The doctors then said that I would have to stay in that cast for at least six months because of the complication of the fracture, but I couldn't accept that. I then went back to the Netherlands for a second opinion, and came across a doctor who had just invented a pin that went through the bone. They operated on me again there, and all the stuff that went in in Copenhagen had to come out two weeks later. In the end I was only in a cast for 2 weeks, and I was able to walk again the day right after my surgery. At Christmas I was competing again, and the following year we won gold in Barcelona." 

You can watch the full conversation below, but do note that this is in Dutch.