I don't think Anky has much chance in winning this case, particularly with the emails and threats Sjef has sent out. That being said, they have been given a terrible name and constantly referred to when rollkur is brought up anywhere, and it is not only they who use and abuse it. I have seen Anky ride in the flesh, when she came to Australia a few years ago to give a master class. She CAN ride with forgiving, soft hands and a quiet leg. She has some EXCELLENT training ideas and can really get a horse to work beautifully. Sjef was also an extremely nice person face to face, my coach was sitting next to him during Anky's demonstration, and was picking his brain for information, which he was more than happy to give. They both 'mingled with the commoners' over dinner and discussion, and seemed more or less, very lovely, normal people.
I am under the impression, that because Anky has been known to use rollkur and because she's such a big name in the sport, THAT is why she is so targeted. And I must say, I do feel for her and Sjef, they may be ruined because of this, and personally I do not think the singling out of them to be fair when there are so many other combinations using the practice, and ABUSING it too. No body is out there picking on Edward gal and Totalis are they? I have seen countless photo's of Totalis in training, with his head strapped to his chin, draw reins pulled tight. But because he's such a spectacular horse and currently a very big player in the dressage scene, no body is going after him. Anky is just about on her way out, and a new generation of top riders are coming through. I very much doubt that they would have been targeted to such a degree if Anky was still at the top of her game, and 'top dog'.
I'm certainly not defending the use of rollkur here, anyone that knows me will be very clear on my stance regarding that matter, and I'm not trying to protect Anky either, as yes, they have party brought this upon themselves but reacting inappropriately, but I just needed to voice that the media has such a big impact on people views of other people, and maybe you should see her live before you judge that she is such a terrible person and horsewoman. Same goes for Sjef.