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To listen to Danny's hour audio interview by 'Because of Horses' click on the play button below on the left.

    1990 when Anky won the Dutch championships for the first time. With her mount Bonfire she became Dutch dressage champion a second time in 1991. They won the national dressage title a total of nine times.
    Anky became the World Champion Freestyle in The Hague in 1994. She won the World Cup Final nine times. The first time in Hollywood in 1995 where "Bonfire's Symphony", her freestyle music, played an important role. She won in Gothenburg (1996), in 's-Hertogenbosch (1997), in Dortmund (1999) and again in 's-Hertogenbosch (2000). During all these finals she rode Bonfire. In 2004, 2005, 2006 and 2008, Anky and Salinero won the World Cup Final in Düsseldorf, Las Vegas, Amsterdam and 's Hertogenbosch respectively.
    The highlights of Anky's career until now are of course her three gold medals at the Olympic Games in Sydney, Athens and Hongkong. The first one on Bonfire (2000), who finished his career winning in Sydney. She won the second gold medal with Salinero in 2004, who at the time just started his sports career. Her third individual Olympic gold medal she won was with Salinero in Hongkong in 2008. In London she rode her third Olympics with Salinero and won the bronze teammedal with him.
    In 1993, 1994, 1995, 1996, 1998, 2000 and 2004 Anky was named "Rider of the Year" in the Netherlands and she was honored as "Sports Woman of the Year" in 1994. In 2001 she was named "Rider of the Century". Anky also received two royal decorations "Ridder in de Orde van Oranje Nassau" and "Ridder in de Orde van de Nederlandse Leeuw".
    In 2008 Anky won the two most important competitions of this year: the Worldcupfinal and the Olympic Games! Anky is the first rider who wins three times in a row the individual Olympic gold medal with two different horses (Bonfire 2000 and Salinero 2004 & 2008)

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