Like a lot of people, we were fascinated by the beauty of horses from an early age. This fascination changed into passion. Growing up with horses, this passion grew to the point that we both wanted to make our profession out of it.
After getting our high school degree we went to ‘The’ Dutch Equestrian School in Deurne (Jaron started in 1993 and Ivo 1995). That’s where we met each other and where the spark ignited that led to our marriage. The 4 year education brought us a lot of knowledge, learning as working students at many different barns with a variety of disciplines, such as Jeanette van Mill, David Hopper, Janny Morsink, Rien (former National Dutch Dressage team coach) & Inge van der Schaft and Ton Monhemius.
After the 4 year education in Deurne we both graduated and started our own business Stal ‘t Hooiland (translation: Hayland Stables) in 1998. We started with 6 stalls, an outdoor arena and a few students. In only two years we expanded our business and moved to another location where we were based till August 2018.
With 45 stalls, an indoor arena and olympic size outdoor arena we could really focus our energy to the fullest into our passion.
All this hard work and experience led to a good dressage career of which we are very proud!!! Many ribbons ornamented our horses bridles in all classes. Way to much to mention all, but including:
Competing at prestigious dutch horse shows like:
We both passed our judging test and were licensed KNHS (the Dutch version of USEF) judges. It’s a lot of fun to do and a way to reach more dressage riders to help them become better in dressage. But due to our move to the USA we had to let go of that license.
We are constantly trying to develop and expand our horizon. That’s why we have sold our Dutch farm in 2018 and set up a new business in the USA. Located in Dunnellon Florida, Dutch Dressage Inc. has become a reality.
Maybe we’ll meet one day!!!