Ernest commenced his riding career when he was very young. Until the age of 18, he always had at least four horses under his care. In his youth Ernest succeeded in many competitions and was a member of the “Young Riders” team of the Netherlands. At the age of 18 he started riding for Gerd Meijer. At this time he already competed in the 1.50m classes.
While he was a member of the Dutch team, Ernest won first place as a team member and third place in the individual event at the Grand Prix Donauesschingen in 1990. Following on from this time Ernest started riding for Phillippe Guerdat in Switzerland where he remained for three years. During this time he gained extensive international experience. Amongst this successes was the Grand Prix of Locarno in 1992. Ernest returned to the Netherlands in 1995 to optimise on the skills and experience that he has learnt from many experts over his career to set up and develop his own show-jumping stables that he manages and loves to his day. In the spring of 2016 Ernest was testrider in the performance tests for the stallions of the KWPN (studbook).
Anne Rikmanspoel has spent 11 years working in the financial and commercial sector. She uses her expertise to manage the financial and marketing responsibilities of their business. Anne has also studied in depth, the requirements needed to manage the dietary and welfare aspects of equine care. Nowadays Anne is a teacher of Economics and Horsekeeping at intermedial vocational training and shares her passion for horses with students.