The winning is done in arenas, but the journey to victory starts elsewhere: in the stable, during daily care for horses, mucking, feeding, grooming and practising. This would not be possible without a team working like a well-oiled machine where everyone has their irreplaceable role.
Our club’s success stems from a well balanced team of industrious and reliable people. Without them and their daily hard work, I could not focus a 100% on training horses and people and competing. It is a great feeling to be part of a team composed of such professionals.
Aneta is a horsekeeper. It didn’t last longer than primary school to see what she would become; in the mornings, she would first ride her bike to feed the horses and only after that go to school. We noticed her pure talent a few years ago and are very happy to have her on the team. Reliable, meticulous, fast, ambitious – meet Aneta.
Honza is a horsekeeper who does the “heavy lifting” in the everyday life of a riding club. He has been around horses since he was small. Among other things, he was a member of mounted police for some time and worked in England. He was there when the club was founded as our first employee. Honza has a wonderful relationship with the horses, having gained full trust of literally all of them, including the most troublesome ones.
Kristina is our youngest slovak member of the team. She has given everything in her life to be near horses and has been working with them for around 7 years. Together with Honza, she takes care of the stable and also helps out with the horses. She can also do minor veterinary interventions.
Tomas is the founder and co-owner of DS Pelikán. As a child, he did modern pentathlon and already back then horses were his greatest hobby. He would show his parents, who weren’t horse-people, sketches of a riding club, which he then actually built in 2011. His role is absolutely irreplaceable, from managing the entire sports season through buying and selling horses to truck driving.
Zdenka is the club manager, accountant and nanny for our children. Cherchez la femme. She is the only member of the team who would never think as a child that she would end up as a horse person. Despite having worked as a manager in animal husbandry, she did not come anywhere near a horse. In 2007, she got here as part-time help caring for our daughter. Since then, she has raised our second daughter as well and become the manager and accountant in charge. Without her knowledge, not a single leaf of hay moves.