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Nel grew up in Stramproy (Middle Limburg, the Netherlands), and has been affected with the horse virus from an early age. During her pony period, she rode the ponies Muppie and Danny at 3th level, both in dressage and jumping. After her marriage to Jan, she moved to the more southern town Oirsbeek and started to focus only on dressage. She trains with both Bert Rutten and Jan. For her, horseriding was a hobby, as she had a job as pharmaceutical assistant. Her horse Fleetwood (Planeet x Doruto, born 1987) was sold to America at the age of 6 and reached the Grand Prix with Jennifer Huber. Joplin (Clavecimbel x Jagermeester, born 1991) was trained by Nel herself and she showed him at Grand prix level before he was sold to Dressuurstal Nyssen in Belgium.
















Rocky (Royal Dance x Doruto, born 2001) and Amador (Casantos x Ulft, born 2005) were both bought as a foal.  As a 7-year-old, Amador got sold to Finland and has been trained at Grand Prix level by Henri Ruoste. Rocky was competing in the Grand Prix by Nel until 2018. Currently Nel is riding Grand Prix with Dodi ( Zidane x Concorde).


In 2011, Nel quit her job to focus completely on the stablemanagement of Dressage Stable Tristan.


In the autumn of 2015 she was the initiator of the Limburgs Quadrille Team with only Grand Prix riders from the province Limburg. They have done shows at 'Jumping Indoor Maastricht' and the KWPN stallion show. On July 9th 2016, there was a sensational performance at the famous "Pferd & Sinfonie", a part of the CHIO Aachen. The music and singing was live (Aachens Symfonic Orchestra and Choir).The theme was the music from the movie 1492, Conquest of Paradise.  On July 18th 2017, the quadrille even took part at the opening ceremony from the CHIO Aachen which was held for a sold out stadium with more than 40.000 spectators. The German television channel WDR also reported this show live. Especially for this performance the quadrille wore orange tailcoats. The reason was that the Netherlands were partnercountry in 2017 and the Dutch national colour is orange.

Below you will find the recordings  made during the KWPN stallion show in Den Bosch and 

Pferd & Sinfonie in Aachen



Joplin, Outdoor Breda 2003
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