Dirk’s training philosophies have been influenced by those of Alwin Schockmohle Olympic Showjumping Rider and Sjef Janssen, partner and Olympic Gold Medal trainer of Anky van Grunsven. Overall, these philosophies are implemented in our training regimes, and we believe this results in very supple horses with great working attitudes.
We train not only to competition outlines, but also in stretching and movement. We believe gymnastic exercise is essential for flexibility and that horses that train only in competition outlines are likely to present as stiff and rigid. We prefer a more rounded approach to training, to produce a healthy, athletic, happy and supple horse.