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post #1 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 12:36 PM Thread Starter
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All the way from Belgium :)

Hi everyone,

My name is Julie and I'm a 22year old student Applied Linguistics (Dutch - English - German). I live in Belgium which is a tiny little country in Europe and I'm passionate about horses.

When I was younger I used to ride dressage but due to school and other hobbies I had to drop horsebackriding. However the urge to ride again never completely disappeared.. And that's why I started riding again last October. But this time no more dressage for me, I switched to riding western with a focus on reining.

Sadly enough I do not own a horse (yet) but I found a lovely ranch with a great variety of lovely horses, which I can ride. I do have 3 dogs at home, which I adopted from an organisation saving hounds in Spain. They are Spanish greyhounds, also called Galgo Espagnol.

If you would like to know anything else about me, please do ask :)

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post #2 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 01:07 PM
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Hi Julie, welcome to the forum. I'm from the UK which i suppose is not too far from Belgium. So, what made you decide to switch from dressage to western? I'm a dressage rider who knows nothing about western riding. Although, i would be interested in learning more. looking forward to hearing all about your western adventure.
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post #3 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 02:53 PM
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Where in Belgium do you live? I visited a little town there (can't remember the name if it this moment) last summer that I absolutely loved! It hadn't really changed in hundreds of years and there were still hire drawn carriages there, as many as there were cars. Just interested in life over there. Europe is so different from the US!
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post #4 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 03:18 PM
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Hello Julie, (this is my mother's name, too)

I have been to Belgium. I spent more than two weeks there, many years ago, when my husband was there on business and I travelled with him. I absolutely loved the cities and especially the art museums. I am an artist, so for me to see the exquisite artwork of the so-called "Dutch Masters" in reality was a huge treat for me. I spent hours in the museums just staring at these fantastic treasures of art.
And the food! I could go on and on about the lovely food of Belgium.

As for horses, well I have no personal experience with the horses of Belgium but I know they are famous for good quality.
It's very interesting that you are taking up reining there. I heard that Western riding is becoming somewhat popular in Europe. How intersting . .
Do you have any idea why?

Please post pictures of you dogs and/or your school horses.

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@ cloud9: well actually the main reason was the mentality of the people I used to ride with :) I'm not saying that all dressage riders are like this, but the ones I know are all kind of posh and sassy :s I felt I didn't really fit in.. But like I said, maybe if I just went to a different school things would have been different.. As for the western discipline, the moment I arrived on the ranch people were so friendly and really helpful, plus the horses were very curious and all wanted to get a sniff of this "newbie" ;)
And apart from all those reasons, I'm just very eager to learn new things.

@ Amp23: I live in Antwerp, one of the bigger cities of Belgium. I'm guessing you maybe went to Bruges? That's one of the only cities I know to still have lots of carriages around.

@ tinyliny: I'm sure you enjoyed our museums :) We have had lots of wonderful artists like Rubens and Van Eyck, really something we should be proud of!
Reining and western riding in general has indeed gained in popularity, can't really say for what reason, maybe partly because of Anky van Grunsven who gave it a try? I'll do my best to post some pictures a.s.a.p. :)

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post #6 of 8 Old 03-30-2011, 06:28 PM
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Yes it was Bruges. I loved Europe and especially the little towns we went to. I am also interested in seeing the pictures you put up :)
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post #7 of 8 Old 04-01-2011, 10:06 AM
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I live in the Netherlands, near Breda. When we go to the cinema, we always go to Antwerp.
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post #8 of 8 Old 04-03-2011, 10:46 AM
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I lived in Brussels, Belgium for 2.5 years. That is a really beautiful country and for the most part, the people are super friendly and helpful. Welcome to the forum...
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