Sadly, I have no photos from this place anymore,I think I had some on my old phone, but it has since died, and left me with only my memories.
Anyways, I was only 16 when I headed off out into the horsey industry. The plan was that I was going to go to an acquaintance of a family friend, but one/two weeks before I was due to start, he phoned up asking if I could go to his friend instead who sadly lost his “second rider” and his “first rider” was going away on holiday. I said yes. So instead of going to Belgium, I went to Holland to work as a “second rider” at Wim van Kessels yard. He had mostly showjumpers, which is what I was into when I was younger, I also had a youngster myself, called Cortari❤ which sadly had an injury and had to be put to sleep at 1 1/2 years old, I was absolutely devastated.
I can’t actually write about her much more, because every time I do, I become soooo upset. I will tho, once, but not now.
My first day of my first job,one of the Whitakers came knocking on my door – of course I did not recognise him without a hat on(doubt I would anyway to be completely honest with you) but thought it was mega cool, when I got told.
I loved it here, rode 5-8 horses a day, mostly youngsters. It was a sales stable so there was always a lot going on. Some horses stayed for months, others only for days. I didn’t mind this. The yard was very quiet, no horses banging, shouting, scraping, it was so peaceful. This amazed me. Just before I left, he bought 100 horses from Germany, we had 25 horses coming a week. We had chaos, complete and utter chaos. Still one of the quietest yards I have ever been to.
The “first rider” was a lovely chap, not amazing, but very nice and calm. And the owner, a puissance rider, in his youth. You could see his age, and old injuries, he didn’t really ride anymore,I think due to a bad back injury. But sometimes, if we had a difficult horse in, he would get on for 5 min and just magically sort it out. Amazing hands, unbelievable calmness, and such a good eye. Actually never seen anything like it. Nothing bothered him, nothing was an issue, he only saw solutions. That’s something I’ve always tried to take with me, can be hard sometimes though.
Sadly I was only there for a little less than two months as I had a VERY nasty fall where I landed on my neck.
But I will never
forget this place.