In case you’ve missed, we had two of Indonesia’s youngest and finest dressage riders showcase their talents during the Djiugo Riding School Championships in JPEC Sentul. One of them is Dara Ninggar Prameswari. Inggar is a force to be reckoned with, Gold Medalist in the 2016 National Games for Dressage. So we caught up with Inggar as she prepares for the Asian Games 2018.


When did you get into riding?

I have always been fascinated by animals, especially with horses. So riding has always been an interest of mine probably ever since I could walk. I would go on pony rides in places such as Taman Safari or Puncak. My first ever riding lesson was after I turned 6 years old at JPEC Sentul, specifically after I entered first grade.


Who motivates you?

My horse Commodore is definitely my biggest motivator. When I see him being trained by my coaches, Mario Miguel Silva and Luisa Valenca, it makes me realise how flawed I am as a rider. I know his maximum abilities and it has always been my motivation to bring the best in him. I have grown together with him and personally have seen how much he has changed.

He was definitely not a “super” horse. But he was always determined to please his riders that he grew into, in my opinion, one of the best dressage horses as of today. Seeing him now definitely makes me realise the skill gap between us. He motivates me everyday to improve myself so I would one day be able to repay him by bringing out his best.


Any plans for the Asian Games? If so, who will you be riding for the Qualifications?

Currently I am planning to join the Asian Games qualification. I am going to be riding my Lusitano, Commodore. As of now, my only strategy is to focus on improving the quality of my tests as the targeted percentage scores are very high.


What was your most memorable accomplishment?

My most memorable accomplishment was winning the gold for the National Games (PON) in 2016. The National Games put me under the most pressure I have ever felt in my life. I think it’s because I was representing a province, not just myself, that I unconsciously pressure myself into thinking I had to win a medal, when in reality no one was expecting anything from my discipline.

The pressure ruined my warm up so much that my coach had to stop me from doing anymore exercises. Also it was such a different environment from what I’m used to, which is like having only two or three other competitors, no one really watching me ride and having no pressure at all. The Games taught me so much in a span of a week.


Here are some snaps of Inggar from yesterdays event:


It is truly inspiring to see how her relationship with her horse, Commodore is always the centrepiece of her riding. One of Indonesia’s young Dressage prospects, we wish her the best of luck in her preparations for the Asian Games. And once again, thank you to Inggar for showcasing her talents this weekend.


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