Sun-drenched Easter weekend for driving enthusiasts

The second edition of Paard&Koets/Horse Driving Kronenberg offered beautiful sports and a varied program in which education and spectacle alternated. 110 people from 18 different countries competed for the titles at Equestrian Centre De Peelbergen during this sun-drenched Easter weekend.

In addition to the competitions, dozens of specialists provided demonstrations and clinics in the equestrian heart of the province Limburg. The clinics of the Belgian Wim de Poorter, Grand Prix rider and instructor Jenny Veenstra and the American four-in-hand driver Chester Weber were well appreciated. The Mennifique Exchange Trophy was traditionally awarded on Saturday evening. In the presence of last year’s winner Cindy Timmer, Jeroen Houterman was presented with the trophy by Paard&Koets organizer Gijs Bartels. Houterman is a well-known face in driving and is the driving force behind a large number of national and international driving competitions. Through this exchange trophy, the organization puts enthusiastic people in the limelight who mean a lot to driving.


Saskia Siebers won the single-class category, in the pair of teams the win went to the Hungarian Martin Hölle and the four-in-hand team of Boyd Exell entered the highest step. Francisca den Elzen wrote the section in her name for the para-driving. The youth marathon was held on Saturday afternoon. The pair of pony-category was won by Jelle Leliveld. Larissa Reints won the single horse pony category (16 to 18 years old) and the single horse pony category (13 to 15 years old) was led by Larissa Jansma. On Sunday morning various studbooks competed against each other in the “Battle of the Breeds”. With her striking team of Shetlanders, Suzanne Roman was the fastest. At the Authentic Carriage Ride, Yvonne Schalkers-Kitzen became Overall Winner, with a beautiful dos à dos with a pair of colourful KWPN horses.