Since childhood, being helpful and loving animals have been central to me, I never expected that this could later be combined as a profession.

I love it when I can help people with their personal goals and I am also positive and result-oriented with this. In addition, I enjoy guiding riders and horses to a higher level. I am a positive and enthusiastic instructor.

I was born in August 1991 and I live in Amersfoort (Utrecht).

My development as a ‘horse girl’

When I was 4 years old I started pony riding in the ridingschool. At 13 I started my first riding competitions on our horses Norman, Murphy and later with L’Espoir and at 18 I took this seriously. In 2011 I obtained my ORUN instruction diploma. After my Equine Management education I started working at Anky van Grunsven, where I gained a lot of experience in those years and learned a lot. In addition, I did the sports massage for horses training to learn more about muscles, muscle groups and biomechanics, which I use a lot in my teaching (which muscles do you want, and which muscles do you not want to address). I have trained and ridden several horses up to Z level and I am still active in competitive sport with several horses. I train with various instructors and I also follow various courses and refresher courses to keep abreast of developments in the horse world.

My development as a coach

In addition to equestrian sports, I am also very busy developing myself as a coach. This started as a little girl where I wanted to help everyone and I was often the person where people came to talk about their problems. The first step was in 2014, when I completed the horse coaching training. I did this to help a very good friend who had problems with perseverance and unfortunately often ran into problems with alcohol and drug abuse. After a few years, this friend and I grew apart, but this was a deciding factor for me. After that training I developed myself more and more into a coach in which calm, trust and perseverance are central.

Courses & Diplomas

– Trainingsseminar dressage, Ermelo: In this edition of the KNHS Trainers Seminar we look back on the amazing successes from 3 Oympic riders, Coby van Baalen, Imke Schellekens-Bartels and Anky van Grunsven, but we will also take a critical look at training methods then and now. “What have we learned, what are the big differences and what training contributes to the way to the top? What about the mentality of trainer and rider? “
– Diploma: equestrian massage at Aeres Barneveld
– Lecture: Stomach problems in combination with housing and training, – – — Veterinary clinic for horses Hofma & van Gelder
– Refresher courses First Aid, Nijkerk (10x per year)
– Jumping training seminar, Ermelo, the training of the equestrian eye by Rob Ehrens (report) at KNHS
– Seminar Dressagetraining, Ermelo, working on relaxation and harmony (report) by Sven Rothenberger & Johan Hamminga at KNHS
– Refresher courses First Aid, Nijkerk (10x per year)
– Symposium: From hoof abces to tendon injury (report) at the Faculty of – —- Veterinary Medicine Utrecht, University Clinic for Horses
– Symposium: Foals At the Faculty of Veterinary Medicine Utrecht, -University Clinic for Horses
– Symposium: New dressage tests for instructors via KNHS at Valleiruiters, woudenberg
– Refresher courses First Aid, Nijkerk (10x per year)
– Symposium: Gymnastics and obedience by Hester Klompmaker at KNHS, Ermelo
– Symposium: Does your horse carry himself? By Marian Dorresteijn at KNHS, Ermelo
– Symposium: Training young horses by Johan Hamminga at KNHS, Ermelo
– Symposium: Why training? By exercise physiologist Dr. Carolien Munsters At KNHS, Ermelo
– Refresher courses First Aid, Nijkerk (10x per year)
– Diploma: Caprilli Coaching & Training, Horse coaching, Achterveld
– Symposium: Mental training for children with Sanne Beijerman. At KNHS, Ermelo
– Symposium: Training your basic horse by Johan Hamminga. At KNHS, Ermelo
– Education: Groenhorst College Barneveld: MBO equistrian & management level 4
– Education: KNHS, ORUN phase 2
– Diploma: BHV diploma
– Diploma: first aid diploma
– Diploma: KNHS horse and carriage certificate
– Diploma: KNHS Equestrian certificate

Work experience
2009-now, Ruijs & Istesso Administration Office, Amersfoort, administrative assistant
2012-2014, Stal Anky van Grunsven, Erp, Stable employee, groom & au pair
2010-2012, Anky van Grunsven Stables, Erp, Workingstudent, Stable Employee, Groom
2009-2012, Amersfoort, Operation of various hospitality businesses
2007 -2010, RSC de Treekhoeve, Leusden, Ponykamp management in summer vacations

2012, Veldstar Stables, Zeewolde, Final Internship, final grade: 8
2010, Stal Anky van Grunsven, Erp, Management Internship, final grade: 8.5
2010, M & M Stables, Voorthuizen, Breeding placement, final grade: 8
2009, Stal Punt, Amersfoort, final grade: 7.5
2009, Vendeloo Stables, Achterveld, final grade: 7
2008, Tinkerhoeve Bonte Parels, Venlo, final grade: 7

Pictures of myself as a child: