When I was six years old my parents and I went on a journey with a covered wagon and 2 Fjord horses. The journey, as far as Spain and Portugal, lasted ten years. On the way the pair of Fjords became a large herd, with stallions, foals and even donkeys. In addition to the daily chores of harnessing and unharnessing, watering and feeding the horses I had every opportunity to study how the herd behaved. When I was twelve I was given my own young stallion, Atgut. It was love at first sight and in fact it was Atgut who taught me how to work with horses! Moreover, throughout those years I was able to work as a stable maid and also a rider in a wide number of stables, riding schools and stud farms all over Europe. As a result, from a young age I was given a wide overview of different cultures and ways of working in the horse world. As an eight year old I read books by Lucy Rees, Klaus Ferdinand and Monty Roberts, among others. When my sister and I discovered half wild herds of Pottoks in the Pyrenees we were lucky enough to be able to put into practice our newly acquired theoretical knowledge – much to the consternation of their owners! These unforgettable experiences form the (blissful) basis of what I still draw on today.
Also a musician, After our travels I decided to complete my musical studies at the Conservatory in Brussels where I obtained a Master degree in Music. In addition to my studies there I attended a practical session with Jean-Francois Pignon and also had classes with André Mesure and Jeroen Devroe. In all my dealings with horses, the figure of Monty Roberts and his ideas have become increasingly important. Accordingly, I decided to register at Monty Robert’s International Learning Centre. I had already followed a course in Portugal with Anna Kerckhoff de Sacchi and had obtained the Introductory Course diploma in the Algarve. I followed the Advanced Course in California with Monty Roberts and succeeded in 2016 for the Advanced examination . Nowadays I’m completing my internship to become a Monty Roberts instructor. Since March 2013 I collaborate, and work with horses, at the ‘Sylver Ranch’ Stables in Belgium.
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