By Jenneke Smit
Photography: Jessica Pijlman and Dirk Caremans
With no fewer than four breeding products in the finals of the KWPN Championship for Young Showjumpers in Exloo, the Ten Kate family recently drew attention to their breeding program, for which father Jan ten Kate laid the foundation with the Karandasj daughter Ofieterma.
Since then, daughter Janine van den Berg has trained several breeding products to the 1m30/1m35 level and qualified for the second time for the World Breeding Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken with the Dallas VDL son Lutalo TK.
The breeding results achieved are remarkable, especially considering that the Ten Kate family only has one foal born per year. As an amateur rider, Janine van den Berg-ten Kate has achieved commendable results, and her daughter Daphne (17) is already following in her footsteps. ‘Grandpa and Grandma’ Jan and Hilly ten Kate are known as breeders of talented showjumping horses, all of which trace back to the foundation mare Ofieterma. They all enjoy their shared horse hobby together.
Both Jan and Hilly ten Kate had ridden themselves, and their love for horses naturally passed on to their daughter Janine. “We used to ride as hobbyists ourselves and have a real passion for horses. So when Janine was old enough, a pony was ready for her,” says Jan. After ponies, Janine transitioned to horses and trained many horses up to the 1m30/1m35 level, mainly in the evenings. “In daily life, I work as an assistant in the oral surgery department in Zwolle, and horses have always remained a hobby for me. Thanks to all the help from my parents and my husband, I can ride some horses in the evenings. My mother often cooks for our family and is always there for us. When I have to go to work or a competition she always takes care of the children, so she is a great support to our family. When we go on vacation, my parents take care of the horses, so it’s very nice to be able to do it this way. We do everything together and enjoy it as a family.”.. To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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