On Saturday, May 4th was the day so far!
We had previously 100 doubts. Because something is organized quite a bit.
It was thus the first edition it was not a full house yet.
But … .. What was nice, cozy and worth repeating !! Self nice chatted with ‘old’ friends, fun, interesting new people to know, and then here some more ‘loose’ on the dance floor. People who only came here to find each other, people who came together mingled with other groups, in short, exactly as we intended …

The date follows the 2nd edition … ..


Sitting on the only chestnut horse between all the white horses, and being the only blond coloured European girl between all the Chinese women, I just felt a little bit awkward. But at least this ‘Horsing with a smile’-moment resulted in this nice pictures…


After staying in China in April and May 2018 and again between early August and mid-September, I went back for 6 weeks for a third time in November 2018.

China is truly a different world, with both never-seen-before luxury and also its own challenges, s

The plan is to keep going back several times throughout 2019 and further future, to coach ‘my’ team and improve their skills together with my other Dutch colleagues. Leaving behind everything and everyone at home is definitely not easy, but my Chinese experiences are worth the sacrifice!


This picture was taken during a very special clinic: top dressage rider Laurens van Lieren and I presented our combi-clinic at the horse education centre of Akasha School for the Art of Equitation, owned by Anne Muller and her daughter Maaike de Jeu.
Akasha is where I was educated to become a Seat Coach. It was so nice to show how I developed myself since Anne, by that time assisted by Renée Meijerink, taught me the basics and the  essence of all my current activities (which was 10 years ago).

So nice even, that plans are already underway to integrate this combined clinic into Akasha’s new educational programme….


I also have the first weekend of November, at the last minute before I left for China, followed the training for Akasha Coaches.
Draven without driving, Welfare Under Spell, the practical application of the 10 ISES Principles (yes, as just mentioned the same ISES) …
In the classroom, on the Joker and horseback, everything we have done under the direction of Anne Muller and dynamic group coaches.
Learned a lot but mostly a lot of inspiration! This weekend will still get a large tail …


On 24 September 2018, I went a little further away from home for some extra education at the Practical Day of the ISES Conference in Rome. ISES stands for International Society for Equitation Science.

The whole day was filled with a programme of interesting speakers on various subjects. How to deal with horses that are scared of being touched? How to keep horses healthy on long travels? There also were instructions on fire evacuation plans and a wonderful demo of jumping fences without a bridle, out on a huge field! We returned home all the wiser!

I also spent the first weekend of November, right before leaving for China, on the retraining for Akasha Coaches.

The main topics: Riding without repetitive (leg) aids, Wellbeing of Workhorses, and the practical performance of the ten ISES principles (the ISES just mentioned above). In the classroom, on the Joker simulator and on horseback: everything we did with our eager group of coaches was guided by Anne Muller.
I went home with lots of extra knowledge and even more new inspiration! This weekend will surely lead to big things….


The plans have been there for a while, but now they are finally put into action:
I bought a set of heart rate monitors in July 2018, along with the Hylofit app. The set can monitor the heart rate of both horses and people (riders).

I will use them while training my own horses, but also plan to offer this service to my riding students and others. Using the monitors can teach me a lot, especially on some specific questions I hope to answer with them. If this leads to any interesting discoveries, I will surely share them with you!


Got them! The desired points for Variety and me in the Prix St. Georges!
Late May, during our second PSG competition, we just managed to get our first point, and in our third show in June we reached 7th place with almost a 65% score.

That means we achieved our goal for this year. But there still is a desire for further improvement, so many more hours of training will follow…

By the way: do you see my outfit? The colours match this website (meaning my ‘company colours’ grey, dark blue and green!)


In May 2018, we went to the famous international eventing competition: the Badminton Horse Trials in England.

Here I met the full team of my sponsor: WOW Saddles. It was a pleasant and inspiring meeting, and of course a great opportunity for a group photo…


The time has come: 5 April 2018… My first adventure in China!
Former Dutch national eventing coach Martin Lips has a partnership with a large equestrian centre near Shanghai. To further improve the skills of the dressage trainers, four instructors have been invited to provide fulltime training. And I am one of them!

I’m very excited to go on this special adventure. I will share my Chinese experiences and adventures on Facebook!

伴随着微笑 = Horsing With a Smile, in Chinese…