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Kyra’s incredible career as both a dressage rider and coach has taken her to multiple Olympic Games – six as a rider and four as a trainer. She was silver medalist at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm with Matador, two years after their fifth place at the 1998 Seoul Olympics. In 1991 the pair was accepted into the World Cup Finals in Paris as a wildcard entry, and won.
She has trained numerous horses and riders to the highest level of the sport, working as Finland’s national trainer for multiple years with several team European Young Rider championship medals and a sixth place for the Finnish dressage team at the Games in Seoul.
Kyra regularly holds clinics in Sweden and Portugal, training international dressage riders like Jan Brink and Daniel Pinto. Her husband, the UK born Richard White, also trains dressage at the highest level and teaches in Finland, Poland, Luxembourg, Portugal, the Czech Republic and the United States. Richard is also the dressage trainer for young British event rider, Emily King.
As a couple, Kyra and Richard turned Sweden’s Flyinge stud into an international dressage mecca, only leaving in 1998 to launch their own dressage centre in West Sussex. During their time at Flyinge they produced many students to Grand Prix, including Danish rider Nathalie zu Sayn Wittgenstein, Dutch rider Imke Schellekens-Bartels, British rider Emma Hindle, and Swedish rider Minna Telde.
Kyra’s list of achievements stretches far and wide – she is a Professor in equitation at the University of Agricultural Sciences in Sweden, and was supervisor for the Swedish dressage team from 2011 to 2016. She is the president of the International Dressage Riders Club and has been the riders’ representative in the FEI dressage committee. Her training methods have been immortalized in both DVD and book format with her book, Dressage With Kyra, translated into six languages and printed over 28,000 times.
The combination of Kyra’s reputation as a world-class trainer and rider and her sense of humour has made her lecture demonstrations globally renowned. Her well-known method of training horses with kindness and firmness uses a logical and consistent system to obtain excellent results.
Kyra has held lecture demos in Australia, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Finland, Japan, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Sweden, The United Kingdom and The United States, and both she and Richard are really looking forward to adding New Zealand to the list.