Dutch Dream Farm

" in somnis veritas"

Dutch Dream Farm imports and sells exclusive dressage horses from Europe. A customized approach leads to finding that special horse with in depth knowledge and familiarity of the European market and culture. Dressage training and lessons are available for clients to familiarize themselves with their new dressage partner, as well as for clients who already have an existing partnership with their horse. 

It is possible to stay at Dutch Dream Farm as well and enjoy the amenities and beauty of our farm and surroundings.

Classical Dressage; the principles of training that are true for every horse

Experience Dressage in its true meaning: training ANY horse to become the supple athlete with muscles strong enough to perform all movements.

Beginning lessons with Rianne is the best thing I have done for myself and my horses since moving to Ocala! 

My goal is to ride my horses in a way that benefits them physically and mentally, and I wanted to gain a knowledge base of dressage in its truest form. Keep in mind I barely know the basics, and need a map to find letters in an arena!  Rianne is truly excited to share her extensive knowledge, and she does it in a low pressure, easy to understand format.  Any horse and rider will benefit from her instruction.  I love that she is dedicated to her clients of all breeds and backgrounds, whether their ultimate goal is in the competitive arena or a balanced, enjoyable ride on their favorite steed in the backyard!

Liz T.

Ocala, Florida


I base my training and teaching on the well studied and proven methodology of real classical training of the horse. True classical dressage is applicable to EVERY horse, not just the fancy European Warmbloods, but other breeds as well. From Draft cross to Quarter horse, Thoroughbred to Iberian, horses of any breed and any discipline will reap the benefits of classical dressage. I am thrilled to count the riders of these various horse breeds among my students.

Key points for my training and teaching:

- creating the "light horse": establishing true connection, a horse in balance and responsive to the rider,

- addressing the natural crookedness and creating flexibility,

- directing the mobility of the horse, side to side as well as back to front,

- achieving the pinnacle of dressage: collection instead of contraction!

I was born and raised in Europe. My experience in Classical Dressage started at an early age in the form of daily lessons with a strict classically trained retired Cavalry Officer, Mr. Spekschate. I trained and competed several of his young horses under his intense scrutiny. The training involved dressage as well as jumping. That was quite normal in Europe at the time, riding training encompassed both disciplines. Mr. Spekschate possessed a wealth of knowledge in all aspects relating to horses and allowed me to learn from him. Perhaps due to his background, he never shared with me that he was content with the progress in our training. He just expected the best, that much I knew, and my motivation was to try and be the rider he wanted me to be. It was not until after he sadly passed away, that his wife shared with me that he was very happy with my achievements and progression with the horses...

 The only picture I have of Mr. Spekschate, in his usual position giving instruction. It was a time when taking pictures was not as easy as it is now!

The only picture I have of Mr. Spekschate, in his usual position giving instruction. It was a time when taking pictures was not as easy as it is now!

 Utha as a youngster with me in my early teens, one of the horses trained under the guidance of Mr. Spekschate

Utha as a youngster with me in my early teens, one of the horses trained under the guidance of Mr. Spekschate

Santiago is more and more willing to have a conversation with me every time we ride. He’s getting more responsive every time we ride too. He’s Softer and lighter and responds to my seat bones far better than he ever has. He’s definitely chewing on the bit more and yes, his spit has even changed. He seems a lot more relaxed and confident too.
What’s next? Whatever Rianne suggests.
What are my thoughts about her teaching? I LOVE her positive approach. I believe her systematic method makes the lesson much easier to grasp and apply. I really appreciated the “theory” or explanation of concepts/principals the evening before the riding lesson too. It helped prepare me for the riding lesson the next day. During the riding lesson she easily and positively communicated and explained her feedback. This is a skill set that few riding instructors possess, and it makes her excellent! I learned more in one lesson than I have in the past 5 years of taking lessons.
And most importantly, she works with the way the horse naturally moves. Which keeps the welfare of the horse as a priority. This benefits the horse in so many ways, on so many different levels, and the rider too. I didn’t feel like I was fighting with the horse......I felt like I was partnering with him. Like we were a team. Rianne is organized, concise, and clear in her communication, and training plan. Hope that helps. I think she’s terrific!!
— Donna Lofaso about the Scottsdale clinic
“Red” and I thoroughly enjoyed our first classic dressage clinic with Rianne Ruizendaal at Dawn Winans’ ranch in Scottsdale this weekend. I learned that basic dressage training isn’t just for horse & rider teams competing at high level events. It’s for all horses & riders in any discipline. Red (my 14.2H, 10-year old quarter horse) was trained as a Reiner. He had a low head set, carrying most of his weight on his front-end. When I purchased him as a 4-year old, I repurposed him to a life of competitive trail and pleasure riding with little contact on his mouth. In two 45-minute sessions with Rianne, applying her balancing, suppling, and light contact techniques, Red became balanced by lifting his head to a natural level, while shifting weight from his front-end to his back-end, creating an instant free-flowing motion. Thank you, Rianne, for giving me a happier horse, and increasing his longevity by balancing his weight on all four feet!
— Donna Jensen, Scottsdale, Arizona
 Utha was also trained to jump, and was quite good at it

Utha was also trained to jump, and was quite good at it

I received reassurance that my older and younger horses are on the right track. I appreciate Rianne’s good eye on the ground with attention to the correct details. In the next clinic with Rianne I am looking forward to furthering my mare Brusally Savannah’s eduction.
— Chaille Trevor, Classical dressage trainer in Cave Creek, Arizona and owner of Brusally Ranch regarding her rides in Arizona clinic

Before and during my academic education in Law in Europe, I trained horses at various Breeding Farms, including a Lippizaner stud farm. I have enjoyed the honor to teach students from Europe, Canada, the US and Asia. Over the years I continued the quest for more knowledge and rode under the coaching of three direct long term pupils of Nuno Oliveira, i.e. Danny Lahaye, Dennis Stickley and Peter van Borst. I rode with Jose Mendez during his tour through the United States and also had the opportunity to train at the academy of Dutch Olympians Imke Schellekens and Tineke Bartels. It became clear to me that my focus should stay concentrated on Dressage as the original Masters had studied and developed. My quest for knowledge intensified even more and after the initial introduction to some of the methods of Philippe Karl during my lessons, I started to study more in depth about his systematic approach to training horses.

The result is that I have been heavily influenced by both the methods of Nuno Oliveira and Philippe Karl in my training and teaching. One thing that is the undisputed truth in dressage (and in our overall life for that matter), is that one can never stop learning. I have been at this for quite some time and there are new revelations coming to me from study and practice on a regular basis. It is a shame however, that the correct principles of Classical Dressage don’t seem to be broadcasted as loudly as the victories of today’s modern dressage. The names of the people who have been lifelong students and practitioners of the correct, true to the horse, principles are quite often completely unfamiliar and unknown to those seeking to learn dressage. Quite the irony.

I have competed extensively in Europe. This was during a time when the judges still would penalize those riders who had their horses in a false bend, instead of the poll being the highest point. An English noseband with a regular buckle was sufficient, as it was not meant to be very tight. The crank noseband did not exist. How dramatically things have changed…

However, I remain hopeful that things will change for the better, as I have seen a slight shift in interest towards Classical Dressage over the past years. I hope you will join me on this journey.

 At a competition in Europe during my teenage years; award ceremony, first place in my class received and unexpectedly captured on camera by a colleague of my father

At a competition in Europe during my teenage years; award ceremony, first place in my class received and unexpectedly captured on camera by a colleague of my father

This recommendation for Rianne Ruizendaal is offered regarding my 15 year old Oldenburg gelding.  Affectionally known as Harry, the gelding had been medically neglected and very badly treated before I acquired him.  He was in severe pain and had become vicious in his behavior.  When I picked him up to transport him home, the handlers literally beat him into my trailer while he was rearing and striking and lunging at them. For a year I treated his physical issues, but had slight effect on his mental attitude.  I could not enter his pasture without being attacked and he was very difficult to handle.  Rianne came to my facility and began ground working with Harry.  He quickly accepted her and developed an actual affection for her.  In very little time he became easy to handle and eager to work.  She totally solved the problem of resistance to mounting in a very short time period.  Not only did she change this wonderful gelding into a happy, calm boy...she was instrumental in supporting the relationship between Harry and me.  Harry is now affectionate and a pleasure to work and handle.  I have the utmost respect for her knowledge and rapport with horses.  

Paula Sheldon

Garden Stables, Inc.

Ocala, Florida U.S.A.

 Lipizzaner breeding stallion Tullipan. I later trained and competed his son as well.

Lipizzaner breeding stallion Tullipan. I later trained and competed his son as well.

I believe Rianne has mastered methods of teaching and training that our forefathers wanted us to continue. But due to competition and looks, the art of true horsemanship has been lost. It is greatly appreciated Rianne has taken the initiative to help horse owners learn the correct way of Classical Dressage. She is very patient but assertive when asking a rider to complete a task. Explaining each movement and demonstrating how it should be done, positively teaching the horse and rider. Because of this our boys are responding very well to continuing training, and actually enjoy each training session! Rianne is also very knowledgeable and can answer questions with the ‘why’ and ‘how’ it is applicable.
— Melia Coleman-Rova


Private lessons:

I realize that building a productive relationship can only take place when both parties are enjoying "the ride".  Lessons are low pressure, but effective, and spiked with humor.

This learning opportunity is supposed to be fun for all involved. A student can participate with their own horse or can get a lesson on a horse matched with their skill level. 

 Student Phil (retired Airforce pilot), who was a complete novice dressage rider, wrote this letter. I was amazed at his understanding of the dressage principles emanating from his wording!

Student Phil (retired Airforce pilot), who was a complete novice dressage rider, wrote this letter. I was amazed at his understanding of the dressage principles emanating from his wording!

 Student from Japan with Dutch Warmblood “Bubba”, our schoolmaster!

Student from Japan with Dutch Warmblood “Bubba”, our schoolmaster!

Clinics:

With advance notice I am able to plan clinics in other States. Due to travel costs, a minimum of three clinic days is usually planned.

 Student Liz with one of her beautiful mares, a Quarter horse/P.R.E. cross

Student Liz with one of her beautiful mares, a Quarter horse/P.R.E. cross

 Young Canadian student

Young Canadian student

 Retired Air Force and Commercial Airline pilot, now dressage student, Phil with his sweet mare, a Belgian draft/ Quarter horse cross.

Retired Air Force and Commercial Airline pilot, now dressage student, Phil with his sweet mare, a Belgian draft/ Quarter horse cross.


Group lessons (local only):

For local students wanting to achieve a more intensive lesson pattern while reducing the individual cost, joining up with other students for a group lesson may be a solution.

  •  horses become used to going to a different place, 

  •  they automatically learn to interact with other horses,

  •  riders learn to concentrate without losing track of their surroundings, preparing them for warm up at shows and correct use of the dressage arena,

  •  whether or not riders have ambitions to show, the group lesson builds camaraderie in a sport that can be a lonely endeavor,

  •  riders can truly enjoy the experience!

Contact me for more information for any of the above options.

480 580 8900

dutchdreamfarm@gmail.com

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