My name is Domenik and I celebrated my 8th birthday 8 on 25th May! My dad is Der Harlekin B a palomino pony who competes under Denmark’s colours in Pony Grand Prix. When I’m older I want to be like him. I’ve been doing dressage for a few years now, I started in young horse competitions and 2 years ago I entered the Grand prix and International competitions with my rider Manon Desjardins. I am very affectionate, brave and dedicated at work and a little playful. I’m known to be a bit naughty when I am in good form. When I compete I am a very serious pupil. I love the atmosphere, it gives me a boost!
Meet with the cute Domenik and his distinctive colour… With his rider Manon Desjardins Domenik meets with great success in pony dressage competitions. He has even been crowned with the France champion title in Lamotte-Beuvron this year! As he is getting ready for the European Pony Championships of Dressage which will take place at the end of August in Denmark, the star of dressage ponys opened the doors of his box for us…..
Where does your name come from, Domenik?
I don’t know exactly where it comes from… Actually I have never asked myself the question! I think it is the name of a famous German American football player, maybe my breeder was a fan!
Do you prefer to work with a male or female rider? Why?
I like both but I have a slight preference for girls. They are more affectionate and I love cuddles!
Where do you live?
I live in Jean Philippe Siat’s stables in Etampes near Paris. My box is very big, a bit like a mini paddock to myself. It opens on a huge courtyard. From where I am I can see everyone.
What do you like most about your stable mates?
They are calm. I can’t stand hustle and bustle at home!
What is your guilty pleasure?
Carrots! I love carrots, the one thing I will never be able to give up!
What is your favourite colour?
I really like Royal Blue, it highlights my eyes…. But pink suits me better.
Which dream would you like to come true in your life?
Get better and better, and eat more.
What is your favourite discipline?
Dressage without a doubt ! Even if I practised jumping when I was younger I specialised afterwards in dressage with the help of my various riders.
What makes you feel the happiest?
Massages and tickles! I love to be looked after otherwise I get bored.
What do you dislike most in the world?
The sun! If I stay under the sun for too long without sunblock I get sunburnt!
Which natural gift would you like to have?
I would love to be able to talk. It would be much easier to demand my cuddles, even if I manage pretty well already!
What has been your best memory?
I would say that it was the lap of honour this year at the French championships in Lamotte! It was amazing. Everyone was clapping and cheering for me; I was well behaved.
Which frame of mind are you in at the moment?
That of a warrior!
Do you have a life motto you would like to share with us?
No winner believes in chance!
How can we keep up to date with your news?
On the Facebook page and the Instagram account of my rider Manon Desjardins or the Poney As website for the competitions’ results.