Congratulations to former Dutchman Jon Brons on becoming an American citizen! Brons has been in the US since 1987. He received the basis of his education at the esteemed Dutch riding school in Duerne. When he first arrived in the United States he worked for Joe Fargis and then Conrad Homfeld schooling jumpers on the flat. His good reputation can be recognized in the fact that his clients stay with him for a long time. Wintering in Florida, Brons spends the rest of the year in New York.
In Wellington, Brons is riding Independent, an 11-year-old KWPN gelding by Cocktail, owned by Robin Rubin of Southampton, NY. Brons has been riding the horse for three years. At the Zada Enterprises LLC sponsored show March 15-18 they placed second in the PSG qualifier for the USET Intermediaire I with a 65.92%, and then in the I-I scored a 63.58 for third place.
"He's funny," says Brons of Independent: "There are things that he will spook at on a daily basis; last year at Robert's there was a particular patch of flowers. Maybe it's something right outside his stall. But he can come to a show and be fine with all the people and tractors around. In the ring he can be very alert but mostly he's quite rideable."
Brons hopes to be competing Independent at the Grand Prix level by the end of the season. Right now they are competing in USET qualifiers and hoping to go to Gladstone in June.
Student Debbie Houdek says that Brons' loyal clients plan to throw a big bash in his honor in the Hamptons when they return to New York. "We didn't really get to celebrate at the time," said Brons, explaining that he had to commute back and forth between his horses in Florida and completing the process for citizenship in New York. He returns the first week in April, not to abandon his fan club.
Text by Amber Heintzberger for Dressagedaily.com