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Tim Coomans: Half a century of collected horse knowledge…

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Tim Coomans holding Joop TC (Ravel), alongside his wife Nel, and stepdaughter Manon

By Gemma Jansen / KWPN
Photography: Jessica Pijlman/Jessy Photography

Horse people are not born; they are made. Through trial and error, by making mistakes, extracting the positives, and continuing their journey 'in the world of horses,' these individuals have gathered extensive knowledge. Some are eager to share this knowledge passionately and with dedication. One such person is Tim Coomans from Oud-Beijerland.

Tim’s breeding product, Puma TC (Liverpool TC), was the reserve champion at the National Mare Inspection among three-year-old mares. She is born out of the provisional keur mare Gina Ballerina (United), who is also the mother of two stallions approved for different studbooks, including the KWPN-approved Blue Hors Monte Carlo TC (Glock’s Dream Boy). The reserve title of Puma TC was reason enough for us to pay a visit to this successful breeder and lover of a good dressage horse. The entrance to his stable is an impressive hall of fame, decorated with photos and ribbons of past champions, including the Olympic horses Lancet, Ravel, and Dream Boy.

Special riding jacket

Tim: “Horses have been a significant part of my life since the beginning. I started as a young adult running a pet shop. I sold that when I could rent a riding stable in Schipluiden for five years. After that period, I moved to the Hippisch Centrum Hoeksche Waard in Oud-Beijerland. There, I provided instruction, and they were definitely not dull riding lessons but lessons for people who were at least very enthusiastic and interested in the sport. At the time, I was competing at the Small Tour level. In today’s times it seems like everyone does that, but back then it was still quite exceptional at a high level, and you even had to have a special riding jacket tailored... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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