About us

About us

Stal Sprengenhorst consists of 20 stables, an indoor- and outdoor arena, a round pen and the land of family van der Schaft. Rien, Inge and Romy train their own horses as well as horses from owners daily. Besides training horses Rien, Inge and Romy give instructions  to clients from outside.

Stal Sprengenhorst can build on a very good reputation, not only in the Netherlands, but also internationally. Rien, Inge and Romy give clinics in- and outside the Netherlands and can depend on an international network.

Rien van der Schaft

From when he was a young boy, Rien loved animals. Dogs and horses are his favorites but because he grew up in the city (Rotterdam) contact with horses was almost impossible. However where there’s a will there’s a way and on a barn called “Hillergsberg” Rien has spend many hours. When Rien was 11 years old he had the privilege to sit on a horse for the first time. From that time he helped out in the stables as much as possible and in return he was allowed to ride a horse or pony every now and then.


After secondary school Rien successfully completed the study to become trainer in Deurne. Meanwhile Rien worked at a barn in Zelhelm where he met Inge. Because Inge had to finish her education, Rien trained her horse Monseigneur and eventually made it in to the Dutch dressage team with him. Rien and Inge developed them self more and more in schooling dressage horses and especially the many lessons they had from Mr. Oothout have shaped them as dressage riders.


Rien has entered 9 horses in competition at Grand Prix level and together with Inge he trained many horses to international level. Rien was member of the Dutch dressage team from 1979 till 1983 and competed on the replacing Olympic championships in Goodwood, two European championships and the World championships. Extra special is the fact that Inge also competed for the Netherlands on two European championships and the World championships.


Rien has been training many international combinations, from South Africa till the USA and has been team coach of the Netherlands for almost two years.

Inge van der Schaft

Inge started riding ponies when she was 6 years old. Her grandfather bought her a pony and if the pony became too small, they were switched for a bigger one, till ultimately it became a horse.

Her first horse was Monseigneur and in that time she met Rien. Because of school Rien took over the training of Monseigneur and brought him up till Grand Prix.


In 1981 and 1982 both Rien and Inge were part of the Dutch dressage team on the European championships in Aken and the World championships in Lausanne. Rien with Juroen and Inge with Le-Baby. Both horses were owned by Mrs. Benedictus, she trained Rien and Inge for many years.


A few other horses which Inge competed with are: Waitanghi, Tsjaikovski, Darwin, Indiana-Jones, Odurin, Punto-Banco, Rebell and Weltang.


In 2007 Inge coached Alia Soraya, from Malaysia, in Thailand for the South East Asian games. Alia was very successful, she won the team qualifications and won gold with the team. In november 2010 Inge travelled to China with Alia to coach her for the Asian-Games.


Besides a very elegant and sensitive rider, Inge is also a great teacher with a lot of succesfull students like Liselotte and Florentine Rootveld.

At the moment Inge is riding El Niño and her goal is to start competing him next year.

Romy van der Schaft

Romy started riding when she was 1,5 year old, on her first pony, named Bimbo. After some pony-playing years Romy started riding horses. With Indiana Jones, one of her first horses, she made it in to the junior B squad, later on she competed Madorijke in the Young Riders class. With Madorijke she won the International Young Riders Festival in Hagen Germany and got in to the A squad. After the Juniors and Young Riders Romy competed U25 with Seigneur and also made her Grand Prix debut with him.


Now, a few years later, Romy competed 4 horses in the big tour. Currently she rides Grand Prix with Be Painted, this horse has been with the van der Schaft family his whole life and has been ridden by Romy ever since he was a 4 year old. Besides Painted, Romy rides more horses. Varying from youngsters up to more experienced horses. One of them is Idorijke, a daughter from her former Young Rider horse Madorijke.


In 2013 Romy got her ORUN level 4 instructors license, so besides schooling horses, she is also teaching, mostly at Stal Sprengenhorst but also clinics at other locations.


For Romy one of the nicest things of her job is to train horses with her parents and show them at any level. Also being able to see how students and their horses improve is extremely motivating for her.