Personally, I don't care whether she is at the top or not. Her methods go beyond cruel. She has a mind, an understanding of a horse's mechanics. If not, she def doesn't deserve to be in the spotlight, as MIEventer said. If she isn't aware of what the Rollkur does to these horses, then that's the saddest part of all. Just because the judges reward her with high scores doesn't make it right. She has the choice to train that way. The choice to treat horses like that. If she were truly all about the horses, she'd do something different. She's not a horseman, she's a competitor and that's it. Horses are used as machines to send her to fame. It makes me sick. Win win win, even at the horse's expense.
So, Im on everyone else's side-someone else needs the spotlight. She's like Paris Hilton in the horseworld. Only famous for what it looks like, not for her real understanding of the fundamentals of beautiful dressage. She is what gives dressage a bad name.
In riding, a horse's energy is like a river- guided by the banks but not stopped by them.