Romy started riding when she was 1,5 year old, on her first pony, named Bimbo. After some pony-playing years Romy started riding horses. With Indiana Jones, one of her first horses, she made it in to the junior B squad, later on she competed Madorijke in the Young Riders class. With Madorijke she won the International Young Riders Festival in Hagen Germany and got in to the A squad. After the Juniors and Young Riders Romy competed U25 with Seigneur and also made her Grand Prix debut with him.
Now, a few years later, Romy competed 4 horses in the big tour. Currently she rides Grand Prix with Be Painted, this horse has been with the van der Schaft family his whole life and has been ridden by Romy ever since he was a 4 year old. Besides Painted, Romy rides more horses. Varying from youngsters up to more experienced horses. One of them is Idorijke, a daughter from her former Young Rider horse Madorijke.
In 2013 Romy got her ORUN level 4 instructors license, so besides schooling horses, she is also teaching, mostly at Stal Sprengenhorst but also clinics at other locations.
For Romy one of the nicest things of her job is to train horses with her parents and show them at any level. Also being able to see how students and their horses improve is extremely motivating for her.