How did it start ?
Actually it started as a dare. Several friends got together around 1978 and decided that it would be fun to learn to ride horses so they joined a classical riding school. I on the other hand decided that I would learn to ride western by myself getting the information out of books available through the Western Horseman magazine.
My first interest in the western way of life was rodeo. I rode bareback horses at several small and unique rodeos in Belgium. I even rode in one rodeo in the United States, a Mexican rodeo in Fresno, California. After that I realized there must be more to the western equine sport than rodeo.
Today my wife Peggy, our daughters Emma & Caitlin and I own and operate our small training facility, Little River Quarter Horses, in Opvelp near Bierbeek.
We hope to continue the tradition of training horses for show or pleasure but foremost to set a positive example making sure that all newcomers to the sport get a correct impression of western riding.