Wylda and Waluna go to Germany January 23, 2013 Wylda Kristel and her husband Doug Grinde, along with business partners and sponsors Dean and Connie Paul are proud to announce that Waluna MLM will soon be leaving Edmonton, AB and travelling to Germany. Germany has long been known as a Mecca of equine training, coaching and riding. The pair will be taking a cargo flight from Edmonton to Nesselroden, Germany on February 9th, 2013 and will begin training shortly thereafter. Wylda has ridden all her life and has an extensive background in equine education and competition. Wylda grew up on a commercial cattle ranch as part of a horse training family in Phoenix, Arizona where she began her lifelong quest to learn all she could about horses and horsemanship. Dressage emerged as her discipline of choice because of the constant challenge and progression in training, as well as the partnership required between horse and rider. Waluna is a 9 year old, 17.1 hh mare bred by Jan Veenstra in Holland. Waluna was bought with help of Edward Gal and Nicole Werner through Tim Coomans. Wylda had originally set out to buy a trained horse, but everything changed when she met Waluna. “We had just watched 10 nice horses of Tim’s and were walking out to the round pen to see a young, unbroke mare coming in from the field for the first time. On a narrow lane a young Dutch colt breaker came walking through with Waluna. She strutted through the gate, her mane wild, legs unclipped, and my heart just dropped,” recounts Wylda. “Tim was insistent that I ride her before making a decision because she was completely unbroke. My first ride was with a saddle and a rope around her neck in the round pen.” Together for 5 years now, Wylda is looking forward to bringing Waluna’s training to the next level. “My goal was to go through the entire process of training, from kindergarten to a PhD on one horse, and Waluna’s talent and ability allows me this opportunity.” A “PhD” is not a simple task, but a well qualified horse is half the equation “And that’s what every Grand Prix trainer in training is looking for.” Wylda’s goals include competing in the international ring and making the Canadian Olympic Dressage team in 2016. Europe offers the environment, depth of knowledge and levels of instruction and competition required to prepare them for the international ring. Waluna will stay in Germany, while Wylda will be flying back and forth between her home base in Edmonton and Nesselroden. Wylda is currently planning on riding with Thomas Ritter, her primary coach, along with Christoff von Daehne, Hubertus Schmidt, and Hendrik Gaebel. “I chose these trainers because each one of them has a certain set of traits that I am missing in my own education,” says Wylda. “Thomas is a master in biomechanics, while Hubertus is a master in training and competing grand prix horses, having trained 25 to the grand prix and international level. Christoff is a master on coaching the horse with the rider and Hendrik is a master at maintaining the basics for international levels of riding. Together with the team I plan to assimilate all the knowledge to bring to myself, my horses and my students.” Wylda’s journey will be recorded in her blog “From Bobby to Rio”, and can be found on the MLM website at mapleleafmeadows.com and through Instagram at @wyldakristel.