Olympic Games Seoul 1988
Seoul 1988 is seen as the turning point in course design world wide. Until then obstacles were built everywhere with the same kind of poles, gates and red or gray walls, which looked similar at all horse shows in the world.
When I was appointed to design not only the courses, but also the obstacles for the Olympic Games in Seoul, I was able to fulfill a long-awaited dream. I wanted to tell with my obstacles some of the history and culture of the country. I wanted to make the arena a stage where TV spectators knew immediately this is Rio or Dublin or Tokyo. And I wanted to give the commentator a chance to tell the audience something more than just age and pedigree of the horses.
After Seoul this idea has been taken world wide as reference and is now standard at all Championships and Olympic Games. All major shows endeavor to give their arena an own identity by individually designed obstacles.
For detailed obstacle description please click on the list at right