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Hans Peter Minderhoud

Name: Hans Peter Minderhoud
Height: 1.88m
Trainers: Anky van Grunsven, Edward Gal and Nicole Werner
Role Models: I admire everybody who works on his own strength and reaches for the top!

Best achievement to date:

2011 Dutch Grand Prix Champion, Team Dressage Gold Medal at the Wolrd Equestrian Games 2010, Team Gold EC Torino 2007, 4 World Champion Titles Young Horses in Verden, 6 National titles Dutch Championships, Silver Teammedal Olympics Hong Kong 2008, 5th Individual Olympics Hong Kong 2008, 4th Las Vegas Final Worldcup Dressage 2009, Several National Titles Dutch Championships.

Life time ambition:

To ride as good as possible.
An Oscar.

Most memorable equestrian experience:

Olympic Games Hong Kong 2008, We had a very competitive selection that year to become a teammember for the Olympics. I was very happy and proud that I was selected. It was a once in a life time experience. We won silver as a team and I came fifth as an individual.

In what year did your sponsorship with Albion start:


How did your sponsorship with Albion come about?

Emmers Ruitershop in Belgium sponsored me for quite a while. They started their sponsorship by giving me 2 Albion Saddles.

Why did you choose to work with Albion?

I was very excited about the saddles. I have very long legs and it was difficult for me to find a saddle which fits me. When I started riding on the Albion saddles it was like coming home.

What is your favourite Albion product and why?

I like it all! The saddles are very good, the tack cleaning products, Natural Leather Soap and Balm are also very good and of course the fact that you can order your own custom made bridle and saddle is fantastic! I have already a lot of students who are also a satisfied Albion customer!

When/Why did you first start riding?

My family background is without horses at all. When I was 6 I started riding once a week at a riding school. When I was out of school I always went there. When I finished highschool I phoned Anky van Grunsven asking if I could groom for her. That was my beginning. I can honestly say I am selfmade!

Best advice given:

To start my own stables.


Dogs, eating with my friends, sushi, short summer holiday, riding on my horses!


Long cold winters.

Preferred Kit: