Werner Van Den Brande – A Dressage Daily Who’s Who Aims for Olympics
Thursday, July 2, 2009
Werner Van Den Brande Aims for Young Horse Championships and Olympics
Werner Van Den Brande launched his professional career as a rider and trainer in 1998 when he opened a stable in his home country of Belgium at the age of 21. In 2003, with the support of a sponsor, Werner opened his first sales barn. By 2004, his business had grown phenomenally and with additional sponsors, he moved to a newly built facility to accommodate 25 horses and a staff of four.
Currently, Werner’s favorite mount is Amoret – a four-year-old chestnut gelding (Jazz x Lord Sinclair) that he’s aiming for the 2009 World Championships for Young Horses in Verden, Germany. In his career, Werner has successfully started many young horses on their champion show careers, including international superstars like Galant Du Serein. Werner loves to compete and his goal is to represent Belgium in more international competitions, including “… one or two Olympic Games.”
An experienced competitor, Werner was consistently in the ribbons at top competitions in Europe for 10 years. Werner’s achievements began in 1999 with Galant Du Serein in the FEI Four Year Old Division. At the 1999 Belgium Championship the duo placed fifth and at the 1999 National Championship in Belgium they earned second. In 2000, Werner and Galant Du Serein were selected for the World Championships in the FEI Five Year Olds and they represented the Belgian team. Werner went on to ride several more youngsters to success in the FEI Young Horse Divisions including Pompadour W, Don Jonson, Taikoen, Master, and Uivertje Ruta. In 2006, Werner competed in his inaugural Florida season and has been participating in honor rounds ever since with several mounts including Masterminds, Douglas, Lullaby, Filigran 037, and Briljanth.