Werner Van Den Brande has been riding horses for 26 years and he knows exactly the type that suits him. “I like my horses hot and athletic,” he avers.
Werner has enjoyed success in the show ring with multiple “hot and athletic” horses. His first notable professional achievement as a rider came in 1999 when he qualified to compete at the Belgium Championship for Young Horses with Galant Du Serein, a Warmblood stallion by Apache D'Adriers owned by Louise Lenarst. Werner and the youngster competed in the FEI Four Year Old Division and earned fifth place.
Werner and Galant Du Serein had a wonderful bond. Werner purchased the young stallion, and in 1999 at the National Championship in Belgium, the duo competed in the FEI Four Year Olds where they finished second. Werner and Galant Du Serein continued their success the following year when they were selected to represent Belgium at the 2000 World Championships for Young Horses where they competed in the FEI Five Year Old Division.
By 2001, Werner had purchased another brilliant youngster, Pompadour W, and launched another successful show record. Werner and Pompadour qualified for the 2001 Belgium Championship in the FEI Four Year Olds and finished second. Werner and Pompadour W continued their success when they competed in the 2001 National Championship in Belgium in the Four Year Olds and earned second place. In 2002, Werner and Pompadour W were selected to compete in the Five Year Olds at the Belgium Championship.
In 2003, as owner/rider of the gelding Don Jonson, Werner launched yet another successful young horse. Werner aboard Don Jonson competed in the Six Year Old Division at the International Championship in France.
Werner proved his abilities to spot young talent when he purchased Taikoen. In 2004 Werner and Taikoen competed in the FEI Four Year Olds at the Belgium Championship and claimed second place. The following year, the duo competed in the Selection Trials for the 2005 World Championships.
In 2005, Werner’s eye for young talent proved right on target again with Master. As owner/rider, Werner competed Master in the FEI Four Year Olds at the 2005 Belgium Championship and won the class.
Also during 2005, Werner launched the career of Uivertje Ruta, another youngster he owned. Werner and Uivertje Ruta competed in the Three Year Old Division at the 2005 KWPN Cup in Holland and earned an impressive second place. By 2006, Werner and Uivertje Ruta were finding success in the Four Year Old Division. At the Pavo Cup in The Netherlands, the duo earned the highest score in the Selection Trials for the World Championships.
In 2006, Werner made his debut on the Florida circuit. He competed Masterminds in the Prix St. Georges at the 5th Annual Dressage at the National and claimed third place. He also competed Douglas in the FEI Five Year Olds and finished second.
Highlighting his 2007 season on the Florida winter circuit, Werner and Douglas competed in the FEI Five Year Olds at the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge, earning an exciting score of 77% to claim first place.
Werner and Douglas continued their success in 2008, competing in the FEI Six Year Olds. At the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I, Werner and Douglas scored 75.4% and won the class. At the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge II, Werner and Douglas earned 73.8% and another victory. During the 2008 season, Werner also celebrated an honor round with Lullaby at the Gold Coast Dressage Opener, having earned 70.25% in the Intermediaire I for first place.
In 2009, Werner was taking honor round laps with three mounts in the FEI Intermediaire Division – Briljanth, Filigran 037, and Nervion. At the Wellington Classic Dressage Challenge I, Werner and Filigran 037 earned 66.842% for second place. At Welcome Back to White Fences, Werner claimed first and second place in the Intermediaire I –aboard Briljanth, he earned 72.105% to claim victory and riding Filigran 037, he scored 68.947% to take the runner-up slot. Werner wrapped up a spectacular 2009 season with yet another victory. At the Wellington Classic Dressage riding Nervion in the Intermediaire II, Werner claimed first place.