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In Brief: Marijke Visser (24) from The Netherlands

Name: Marijke Visser
Age: 24
From: the Netherlands

Endurance World Marijke Visser. HappyNotable achievements / palmares

Fourth place European Championship young riders Mont le Soie (BEL) 2012 with Eomer
Second place World Championship Young Riders Tarbes (FRA) 2013 with Eomer
Second place World Championship Normandie (FRA) 2014 with Laiza de Jalima
2nd place European championship Samorin (SLO) 2015 with Laiza de Jalima

When did you start riding and does this run in the family?

I think I was 13 years old when I started riding at a local riding school. Riding doesn’t run in the family, but they always helped me and supported me.

Why horses?

Because they are beautiful. I love working with them. Especially the Arabian horses who are incredibly smart and fast learners. I gain so much from them. I like spending time with them to connect and become a team and work for our goals. Arabian horses are very special and I adore them deeply. How they can get fire in their eyes with high tail set and wide flared nostrils. These horses are breathtaking beautiful and make my heart go faster.

Endurance World Marijke Visser. In group.Why endurance for Marijke Visser?

I don’t know, it’s a passion. The hours you need to spend with them before the race and see how they grow into becoming beautiful athletic endurance bodies. The endlessness of energy and power of the horses is just incredible. The races are just part of the endurance. The way of working with Arabian endurance horses I love the most. To form a team with such a beautiful creature, working together weeks and weeks to get this endless breath and running together for hours and hours is the most amazing feeling you can get. You know what you have earned after all the training, standing at the start early in the morning with a fresh and ready to go horse and show the world what we can do and what we worked for. A happy finishing horse, no matter which level, is giving me the motivation to keep working as a rider but also as a groom.

Own horses or ride for somebody else’s?

I started riding my own horses, but this changed and I ended up riding for different owners and stables. Which is nice and gives a lot of chances, although saying goodbye to them is sometimes very hard. It’s not that I like horses because I like to sit in the saddle. I like the horses because they have a name. It takes time to become friends and a team. Every horse I treat as if it is my own but for sure there are horses I have a quicker bond with than others. It’s nice to ride different horses yet for me it is very important to have a little group of horses around me to work with and to stay close to me.

Endurance World Marijke Visser. PortraitDoes Marijke Visser train horses?

Yes, I do. I am helping with the training of endurance horses. I enjoy my work when I can take care of them, make them ready, pack stuff and say every day good morning and good night to them. I like being part of the horses before the races, traveling with them and being present for them during the race, both as rider and  groom.

What else do you enjoy?

Clipping horses and giving them the final touch before the race, this is like a hobby. I also do enjoy photography. I like to try and transfer the beauty of something I see into the picture. It is difficult but I love to experiment with the camera, off course horses always in front of the lens.

What are the goals for Marijke Visser?

At this moment I am part of the sport mostly as a groom. I am working with the horses at home and preparing stuff. I am helping with the training and making sure they are all happy and healthy. In the future I hope to qualify again to be part of the Dutch team. Right now I am very thankful for being part of the beautiful stable, working with incredible horses and being able to call it home. Thanks to this sport I met some people I would never want to miss. Furthermore I am very lucky to know two little white Arabian horses with beautiful face and big black eyes. These two horses give me so much, much more than the world can see.

In Brief: Marijke Visser (24) from The Netherlands

Name: Marijke Visser
Age: 24
From: the Netherlands

Endurance World Marijke Visser. HappyNotable achievements / palmares

Fourth place European Championship young riders Mont le Soie (BEL) 2012 with Eomer
Second place World Championship Young Riders Tarbes (FRA) 2013 with Eomer
Second place World Championship Normandie (FRA) 2014 with Laiza de Jalima
2nd place European championship Samorin (SLO) 2015 with Laiza de Jalima

When did you start riding and does this run in the family?

I think I was 13 years old when I started riding at a local riding school. Riding doesn’t run in the family, but they always helped me and supported me.

Why horses?

Because they are beautiful. I love working with them. Especially the Arabian horses who are incredibly smart and fast learners. I gain so much from them. I like spending time with them to connect and become a team and work for our goals. Arabian horses are very special and I adore them deeply. How they can get fire in their eyes with high tail set and wide flared nostrils. These horses are breathtaking beautiful and make my heart go faster.

Endurance World Marijke Visser. In group.Why endurance for Marijke Visser?

I don’t know, it’s a passion. The hours you need to spend with them before the race and see how they grow into becoming beautiful athletic endurance bodies. The endlessness of energy and power of the horses is just incredible. The races are just part of the endurance. The way of working with Arabian endurance horses I love the most. To form a team with such a beautiful creature, working together weeks and weeks to get this endless breath and running together for hours and hours is the most amazing feeling you can get. You know what you have earned after all the training, standing at the start early in the morning with a fresh and ready to go horse and show the world what we can do and what we worked for. A happy finishing horse, no matter which level, is giving me the motivation to keep working as a rider but also as a groom.

Own horses or ride for somebody else’s?

I started riding my own horses, but this changed and I ended up riding for different owners and stables. Which is nice and gives a lot of chances, although saying goodbye to them is sometimes very hard. It’s not that I like horses because I like to sit in the saddle. I like the horses because they have a name. It takes time to become friends and a team. Every horse I treat as if it is my own but for sure there are horses I have a quicker bond with than others. It’s nice to ride different horses yet for me it is very important to have a little group of horses around me to work with and to stay close to me.

Endurance World Marijke Visser. PortraitDoes Marijke Visser train horses?

Yes, I do. I am helping with the training of endurance horses. I enjoy my work when I can take care of them, make them ready, pack stuff and say every day good morning and good night to them. I like being part of the horses before the races, traveling with them and being present for them during the race, both as rider and  groom.

What else do you enjoy?

Clipping horses and giving them the final touch before the race, this is like a hobby. I also do enjoy photography. I like to try and transfer the beauty of something I see into the picture. It is difficult but I love to experiment with the camera, off course horses always in front of the lens.

What are the goals for Marijke Visser?

At this moment I am part of the sport mostly as a groom. I am working with the horses at home and preparing stuff. I am helping with the training and making sure they are all happy and healthy. In the future I hope to qualify again to be part of the Dutch team. Right now I am very thankful for being part of the beautiful stable, working with incredible horses and being able to call it home. Thanks to this sport I met some people I would never want to miss. Furthermore I am very lucky to know two little white Arabian horses with beautiful face and big black eyes. These two horses give me so much, much more than the world can see.

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