Print the Biography/Short Page back
MERKULOVA Inessa
Sport Dressage
NOC Russia   
GenderFemale
Born09 Nov 1964 in Rostov-na-Donu, URS
Height1.70 m
Human Interest
Last Update
  25 Jun 2018
Further Personal Information
Other names Inessa Poturaeva
Residence Moscow, RUS
Occupation Athlete, Coach, Sports Administrator
Languages German, Russian
Higher education Physical Education, Teaching - North Ossetian State University: Vladikavkaz, RUS
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? She took up the sport at age 11 in Rostov-na-Donu, Russian Federation.
Why this sport? She began riding because of her passion for animals and especially for horses.
Club / Team KSK New Century: Russia
Name of coach Yury Fainshtein [personal], MDA; Anatoly Merkulov [husband], RUS; Ghislain Fouarge, NED
General Interest
Nicknames Frau Inessa (kommersant.ru, 15 Jul 2013)
Hero / Idol Soviet rider Anton Zhagorov. (equestrian.ru, 03 Mar 2014)
Awards and honours She was named the 2017 Best Dressage Rider by the Russian Equestrian Federation. (fksr.ru, 11 Mar 2018)

She was named the 2014 Best Coach and the 2014 Athlete of the Year by the Russian Equestrian Federation. (fksr.ru, 24 Dec 2014)

She holds the title of Master of Sport of International Class in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 17 Aug 2018)
Famous relatives Her husband Anatoly Merkulov has worked as secretary general of the Federation of Equestrian Sports of Russia and is the owner of the New Century sports equestrian club in the Russian Federation. Her niece Marina Aframeeva competed in dressage at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. Her daughter Victoria Merkulova has competed in dressage at junior level. (pravda-nn.ru, 15 Jun 2018; fksr.ru, 2018; newcentury.ru, 26 Dec 2017)
Ambitions To win an Olympic medal in the team event. (kyrag-grad.ru, 18 Nov 2016)
Other information COACH AND DIRECTOR
In addition to competing, she began working as the Russian national dressage team's senior coach in March 2012. She has also served as director general of the New Century equestrian club in the Russian Federation. (minsport.gov.ru, 28 Dec 2017; newcentury.ru, 26 Dec 2017)

Major Results
World Equestrian Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2006 WEG-D Aachen (GER) ZORRO WD  
2002 WEG-D Jerez de la Frontera (ESP) Targim 61  
1998 WEG-D Rome (ITA) Targim 74 11
Continental Championships and Games
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2001 CH-EU-D Verden (GER) Tagrim 38 10
1999 CH-EU-D Arnhem (NED) Targim 56 9
World Cup Final
Year Venue Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
2014 CDI-W Final Lyon (FRA) MISTER X 10  
2006 CDI-W Final Amsterdam (NED) ZORRO 19  
2002 CDI-W Final 's-Hertogenbosch (NED) Amaretto 14  

Current Results
Date Venue Competition Horse Ind. Rank Team Rank
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI3* Moscow region, NEP ôRUS" (RUS) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 1  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI3* Moscow region, NEP ôRUS" (RUS) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 1  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI2* Moscow region, NEP ôRUS" (RUS) Int I FS - Intermediate I Freestyle to Music AVANS 2  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI2* Moscow region, NEP ôRUS" (RUS) Int I - Intermediate I AVANS 4  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI3* Moscow region, NEP ôRUS" (RUS) GP - Grand Prix YESCO 11  
18.06.2014 to 22.06.2014 CDI2* Moscow region, NEP ôRUS" (RUS) PSG - Prix St-Georges AVANS 14  
09.06.2014 to 13.06.2014 CDI-W Nizhniy Novgorod (RUS) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 1  
09.06.2014 to 13.06.2014 CDI-W Nizhniy Novgorod (RUS) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 1  
09.06.2014 to 13.06.2014 CDI-W Nizhniy Novgorod (RUS) GP - Grand Prix YESCO 5  
17.04.2014 to 21.04.2014 CDI-W Final Lyon (FRA) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 10  
17.04.2014 to 21.04.2014 CDI-W Final Lyon (FRA) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 10  
28.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI3* Nice (FRA) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 1  
28.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI3* Nice (FRA) Int I YH - Intermediate I for 7-9 years old horses AVANS 1  
28.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI3* Nice (FRA) PSG YH - Prix Saint Georges for 7-9 years old hors AVANS 1  
28.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI3* Nice (FRA) GPS - Grand Prix Special YESCO 2  
28.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI3* Nice (FRA) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 2  
28.03.2014 to 30.03.2014 CDI3* Nice (FRA) GP - Grand Prix YESCO 14  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) Int I YH - Intermediate I for 7-9 years old horses AVANS 4  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 5  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) PSG YH - Prix Saint Georges for 7-9 years old hors AVANS 5  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) GPS - Grand Prix Special YESCO 6  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) PSG YH - Prix Saint Georges for 7-9 years old hors ACTIVE 8  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 9  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) GP - Grand Prix YESCO 10  
05.03.2014 to 09.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) Int I YH - Intermediate I for 7-9 years old horses ACTIVE EL  
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) Int I YH - Intermediate I for 7-9 years old horses ACTIVE 4  
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) GPS - Grand Prix Special YESCO 6  
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) GP - Grand Prix YESCO 6  
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) PSG YH - Prix Saint Georges for 7-9 years old hors ACTIVE 8  
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDIO3* Vidauban (FRA) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 8 6
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDI3* Vidauban (FRA) PSG YH - Prix Saint Georges for 7-9 years old hors AVANS 10  
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDIO3* Vidauban (FRA) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 10 6
26.02.2014 to 02.03.2014 CDIO3* Vidauban (FRA) GPS - Grand Prix Special MISTER X 14 6
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CDI-W Minsk, Ratomka (BLR) Grand Prix MISTER X 1  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CDI-W Minsk, Ratomka (BLR) FEI Grand Prix Freestyle Test MISTER X 2  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CDI-W Minsk, Ratomka (BLR) FEI Intermediate I Freeestyle Test AVANS 4  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CDI-W Minsk, Ratomka (BLR) Intermediate I AVANS 4  
17.10.2013 to 20.10.2013 CDI-W Minsk, Ratomka (BLR) FEI Prix S:t Georges AVANS 5  
03.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CDI-W Moscow, Otrada (RUS) GP FS - Grand Prix Freestyle to Music MISTER X 2  
03.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CDI2* Moscow, Otrada (RUS) PSG - Prix St-Georges AVANS 3  
03.09.2013 to 08.09.2013 CDI-W Moscow, Otrada (RUS) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 9  
27.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CDI3* Moscow, Russian Diamond (RUS) GPS - Grand Prix Special MISTER X 1  
27.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CDI3* Moscow, Russian Diamond (RUS) GP - Grand Prix MISTER X 6  
27.06.2013 to 30.06.2013 CDI3* Moscow, Russian Diamond (RUS) GP - Grand Prix VOSK 15  
29.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CDI3* Zhashkiv (UKR) Int I - Intermediate I MISTER X 1  
29.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CDI3* Zhashkiv (UKR) Int I FS - Intermediate I Freestyle to Music MISTER X 1  
29.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CDI3* Zhashkiv (UKR) PSG - Prix St-Georges MISTER X 1  
29.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CDI3* Zhashkiv (UKR) GPS - Grand Prix Special YESCO 4  
29.03.2013 to 31.03.2013 CDI3* Zhashkiv (UKR) GP - Grand Prix YESCO 8  
Abbreviation Meaning
DNF Did Not Finish
DNS Did Not Start
DNQ Did Not Qualify
DSQ Disqualified
FNR Finished No Rank
RET Retired
WDW Withdrawal






All biographies are provided for information purposes only - should you find any mistake, please contact ľ feibiographies@fei.org.