Kingsday dressage competition


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Kim Kranenburg – Tristan O

Happy Kingsday to all my Dutch readers!

For those who aren’t Dutch, this is the one day a year that the Dutch dress up in all orange, drink one too many beers and generally are happy go lucky people. I for one haven’t grown up with the tradition, so can’t really say it does much for me. haha

As I felt like I wanted a low-key kingsday this year I decided to go to the stable and watch the dressage competition going on there instead of being downtown with one too many people.

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Lotje Schoots

Normally when there is a competition at the stable, most of the competitors are horses that are also stabled there. However today there were mostly people coming from the outside, which meant there was a lot of new horses to look at. Like the one above here which is the professional international rider Lotje Schoots. She rode two really beautiful horses. I can sit and look at such movers forever. Seeing them dance down the centerline. Then I heard the price and my gut sank, why oh why does such creatures need to be so bloody expensive.

Whenever such a rider with such an horse visits the stable it makes it automatically hard for whoever rides after in the competition. Because you know its going to be hard to beat such a good mover. Today that task laid on my instructors shoulder, but instead of letting that get to her, she goes in there with a winning mind and puts down a test that almost made me go teary eyed. yeah yeah I said almost. But gosh I’m so proud! Most people would crumble and get stressed out cause know you need to compensate in other ways. So do that dab girl, you deserve it.

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Kim Kranenburg – Tristan O

After the competition I had Grumpy move on the line, which wasn’t very exciting, but had to be done. He has been a bit slow from behind the last few days, so I was hoping it would get better with some movement, which it luckily did. Gotta get that rump and feet moving tough, so will plan in a lesson next week to deal with it beside normal training.

Rest of the evening is going to be spent on the sofa editing some photos. Got to try out my new lens today which was a lot of fun. Can’s wait to try it out some more now. Got to practice.

Hope you are having a nice evening!


Ps. photos below have been resized, for original versions, please contact me.

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Michel van Loon – Four seasons 

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Laura Konijn – Karajan 

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