With over 35 year’s experience in equestrianism, Astrid’s has been exceptionally determined at turning her childhood passion into her livelihood. Recognized by her peers for her amazing ability to spot athletic potential and quality of movement in very young horses, she has become one of the main producers of Warmblood sports horses in the UK in the last 15 years.
Astrid’s experience is vast, ranging from auction purchases to producing her own sports horses for HOYS and the Royal International. Encouraging mentors guided the early stages of her career as a rider and inspired her ambition to produce her own horses. Today her network of contacts expands globally. Astrid’s drive to find the next talent is primarily focused in Holland, Germany and Belgium where her network of agents has been supplying her needs for over 25 years.
However when it comes to finding talented sports horses no stone is left unturned. Horses sourced and produced by Astrid have fulfilled their athletic potential under the guidance of the Whittaker family in Showjumping, Ollie Towsend in Eventing, Danielle Heath and Katy Jerram in Showing. Her eye for exceptional movement for Dressage has taken some of her young finds to succeed at international level with acclaimed riders like Peter Storr, Amy Stovold and Jane Green.
Amazingly one of those special talents can still be found at Astrid’s yard, he returned to her as a failed project to become a 5 times Dressage National Champion. Zidane’s needs changed the focus of Astrid’s attention into coaching and catapulted Hayley from jumping into Dressage. His athletic potential is still in development but he has proven that raw talent can only be developed under the right guidance.
As a result of this experience matching talented horses with exceptional potential to the ability of their future rider has become a priority for Astrid. Finding and producing horses is only a step of the process,selling them to the most suitable rider who will help them perform at the top of their ability is without a doubt the most challenging phase of the process. Success is the result of a lot of hard work and determination.