From when he was a young boy, Rien loved animals. Dogs and horses are his favorites but because he grew up in the city (Rotterdam) contact with horses was almost impossible. However where there’s a will there’s a way and on a barn called “Hillergsberg” Rien has spend many hours. When Rien was 11 years old he had the privilege to sit on a horse for the first time. From that time he helped out in the stables as much as possible and in return he was allowed to ride a horse or pony every now and then.
After secondary school Rien successfully completed the study to become trainer in Deurne. Meanwhile Rien worked at a barn in Zelhelm where he met Inge. Because Inge had to finish her education, Rien trained her horse Monseigneur and eventually made it in to the Dutch dressage team with him. Rien and Inge developed them self more and more in schooling dressage horses and especially the many lessons they had from Mr. Oothout have shaped them as dressage riders.
Rien has entered 9 horses in competition at Grand Prix level and together with Inge he trained many horses to international level. Rien was member of the Dutch dressage team from 1979 till 1983 and competed on the replacing Olympic championships in Goodwood, two European championships and the World championships. Extra special is the fact that Inge also competed for the Netherlands on two European championships and the World championships.
Rien has been training many international combinations, from South Africa till the USA and has been team coach of the Netherlands for almost two years.