This is Lukas, and this is how he spends his weekends.
Not content with just riding horses, Lukas Klouda has been involved in the sport of Vaulting since the age of 9. A Czech that now lives in Cologne, he has excelled at the sport and is now the FEI's Athlete's Representative for the sport.
We went along with him to a training session with the Cologne vaulting team to see him, and these talented, and annoyingly fit young athletes, in action.
Tell us a bit about your equestrian journey. How did you first get involved in horses and vaulting?
Growing up, my father and sister were involved with horses. My father was a hunt rider and also a veterinarian and my sister rode before I did. One day, it was just an easy option for my parents to send me along with her to the stable. I wasn’t very good at sports when I was younger and it took me a long time to improve, but these days, I am happy for these challenges.
Can you walk us through a typical day in your life?
When I first wake up, I need some time before I get started. I drive to my company and get there before 8am, sit at my computer, and work. Around 6pm, I head to the stable to ride. This is usually to train—vaulting, gymnastics, or fitness. Some days I’ll have to travel a lot—deliver the horse-trucks or visit potential customers. On the weekends, I’m typically at a competition.
In a sport like vaulting that requires reliance on a team and lunger, what are some of the challenges?
Simply, you must always find some balance so that everyone in your team is happy.