In 1981, when I was 7 years old, I started riding horses in a riding school. At the age of 11 my parents bought me my first pony and from that moment riding became a very important part of my life. Jo Willems, who later became the coach of the National Team, became my trainer and started developing my riding skills. At the age of 15 years I was selected for the Dutch team and we won the gold medal at the European Championships. (Later my sister competed at the European championships with the same pony and won medals too.)
1989 EC Pony’s Ireland Golden Team Medal & Individual 5th place
1992 EC Young Riders Poland Silver Team Medal & Individual Bronze
1994 EC Young Riders Switzerland Silver Team Medal & Individual Bronze
1995 EC Young Riders Finland Golden Team Medal & Individual Silver
1995 Dutch Champion Young Riders
1995 Dutch Champion Prix St. George
2000 Top level Senior Grand Prix
2000 World Cup Finals Den Bosch 8th place
2000 Stand By Olympics Sydney
2001 Dutch Champion ZZ
2001 Dutch Championships 5the place Grand Prix
2002 Dutch Champion ZZ
Unfortunately my career ended abrupt by the unexpected death of my father.
Since he was at the age of 4 I’m training Copernicus. His pedigree is Uphill, bred by Gert-Willem van Norel, the Pretendenthoeve. Copernicus is a sweet horse with a superb character. He always wants to work for me and is extremely reliable. He is lovely with his long legs and his 1,76 cm. And thanks to him I got back my confidence in riding when I had a terrible fall back in 2010 riding a horse of one of my students which crushed my ankle.