Risink Breeding Day: Always Taking A Step Forward

The day before the fully booked breeding day at Reesink Horses and Dinja van Liere, Eugene Reesink Horses contacted editor-in-chief Dirk Willem Rosie with a request. If he could discuss the horse element with Arjen Lubach in backgammon conversation. Auden Breeding Day showed why: because Resink believes it is important for the equine sector itself to take a step forward and not wait and see. Taking this one step further is, in fact, the common denominator at ResinC.

Whether it came to the dressage horses where Eugene Resink realized the importance of character and rideability in front of many other Dutchmen (“The Americans taught me where to sell horses”), to collaborations with Dinga van Lier (before her major international breakthrough with Hermès and Haute Couture), to European thinking in breeding or for the importance that the equine sector explains to ‘Our World’. Eugene Resink thinks a few steps ahead.

raised the mirror

The fact that Resink totally wanted to talk about Lubach is perhaps the most striking example of a forward thinking step. “I’m not a fan of the show or Arjen Lubach, but I think he showed his pain points very well. The world of horses, as it were, holds a mirror. The things I show have already happened, this is not a hoax. So there is work to be done, and we have to do our best. Our effort is so much more. Make sure riders who aren’t affiliated with the Games don’t ride there. Make sure these kinds of photos are no longer possible. Make sure we have someone with a good story, and we sell our sport. You have to take the initiative in this matter. With us, or indeed with top athletes, sports federations and genealogy books. Big organizations and people the media hear about. Making a beautiful video of our horse in the meadow, we can’t do that. If we don’t take the initiative ourselves, it will be done for us.”

Eugene Resink in conversation with Dirk Willem Rosie. Photo: Melanie Brevink-Van Dyck

3-year-old stallions are no longer at the stallion

Translated into Breeding, Reesink also immediately had a concrete proposition: “Indeed, all horse books should stop breeding three-year-old stallions. You still know very little about this, and breeding is a very stressful thing.”

He also suggests penalties if breeders cover such a stallion: exclude those horses from all mare and stallion inspections. “But this is only possible if all the genealogical books are shared, otherwise there will always be an abbreviation.”

Alternatively, he suggests: “A test in the winter where the stallions are then tested in a short period of about a week. Two days are too short and three weeks too long in my opinion. After that, a mandatory sports test is given twice as in Germany for children aged four and five In the winter. Which is why KWPN committed to participating in the Pavo Cup and canceled the stallion competition. I find the Pavo Cup really problematic, especially stallions in the summer. KWPN ignores how much taxation affects the stallions, and how much they suffer from it.”

But for Resink, the grass is not necessarily the greenest in Germany. He critically sees the development in which genealogical books compete with one another in terms of tests. “It has now become a kind of competition in which horse writers can do the test that best suits stallion owners. These two-day tests on three-year-old stallions in Germany have nothing to do with animal welfare.”

Unique vision

Aside from the bigger topics, Breed Day was mainly about Resink and his stallions. Uden attendees were given a unique insight into Eugène Reesink’s corporate philosophy. Among other things, how he started: “I could not drive and did not want to become a farrier, so I became a merchant. I started with a loan of 60 thousand euros from the bank. But also about the lesser periods with his company to where Resinc stands today. With a second “stall site” for the company in Uden next to Reesink’s headquarters in Eibergen. This came because Eugen’s son Bas was interested in a horse farm, something that Eugene himself had never wanted.

Reesink Horses in Uden Photo: Melanie Brevink-Van Dijk

The perfect horse

Resink shared with the attendees what his ideal horse was and what he always cared about. “One with a self-cart, a horse presenting itself, running across the track with its ears open. A horse that walks well, with plenty of space and activity, fills its hind leg quickly. A horse that can make its front leg horizontal, has plenty of knees to trot and a horse that can Going back in. The trot is the gait that I think you can do the least, you can improve your walking and trotting even more. Being able to close in the trot, being able to get back on the back leg, tells us a lot.”


But perhaps most important to Resink is the horses’ ability to ride. Resink sums this up in a word of resignation. “A dressage horse should quit. It should always be able to come back to relax. I realized that very early on because I sold a lot of horses to America. These Americans taught me how important it is to be able to ride. I thought I knew what a good horse was, but they didn’t want In those amazing horses who can only run under stress. They wanted one they could handle.”

In the stallion stable (and later during shows of stallions in the hand and under the saddle of Dinga van Lier and Chris de Vries), it became clear that Resink was not talking empty-handed about the importance of the character to him.

A calm calm prevailed in the stable, even when sixty people suddenly appeared in the hallway. And while the stallions did not see anything like this: “We have already received a lot of requests from breeders’ clubs, but you are the first to come here.”

Jennock Schuurmans, the right-hand man of father and son Resink, is on tour. Photo: Melanie Brevink Van Dyck

Stallions also did not snore or act crazy in the box, which was suddenly filled with many men. In fact, Frankie Lee (Franziscus x Sporken), Philo (for Romance I x Sir Donnerhall I), Funk (Forst Vohlenhof x Lisaro) and McLaren (Morricon x Sir Donnerhall I), who were presented in the hand, stood quietly for a few minutes and barely moved forward. When Resink talked about stallions.

Frankie Lee (Franziscus x Sporken) lined up Photo: Melanie Brevink Van Dyck
Most Beautiful Boy in the Stable: McLaren (Morricon I x Sir Donnerhall I) Photography: Melanie Brevink Van Dyck

Dinga Van Lier

But this rest in the stable also has a lot to do with Dinga van Lier, who is in charge of the stable at Uden. “Denga does everything herself with the horses, and I rarely come here,” Resink explains.

All the horses, and their two dogs, and the many cats that roam: everything seems to live in good harmony with one another. Three stallions were presented to the audience under the saddle and Dinga explained how she trains her young horses.

The fall 2021 Test Reserve Champion will be first on the track: four-year-old Dark Russo (Dettori x Russo) led by Chris de Vries. Then five-year-old Frankie Lee and six-year-old Lowlands (Millennium x Donnerball) with Van Liere himself.

short but sweet

Remarkably, the dinga does not make it too complicated for the horses. “I have a rule of thumb: I ride three-year-olds three times a week, four-year-olds four times and five-year-olds five times. That’s enough. And with my three or four-year-old, I only ride 20 minutes, While enough for a five-and-a-half-year-old child. Also do not study detachment: a short walk, a trot, a trot in a comfortable position and then you can start. I learned at Leunus van Lieren: You do not want to do marathon training, but strength training with dressage horses ” .


Switching is the dominant tone for all horses: strength training. “I want to be able to turn it on and off and I also want to take a small group of little horses with me. Short cuts where they put some strength. Anyway I handle everything as comically as possible, that can be alternatives for four-year-olds and assembling for the kids At the age of five and six. Then you can always continue to play with it and you won’t have to suddenly start exercising. Then they are allowed to make mistakes and have years to learn it flawlessly. Then you drive with much less pressure.”

Dinja van Liere and Kris de Vries on Dark Rousseau (by Dettori) Photo: Melanie Brevink-Van Dijk

In practice, it looked like this: with four-year-old Dark Russo, Dinga had stable rider Chris de Vries visiting the group in Canter (very well) on a smaller circuit. What was amazing was that the four-year-old stallion behaved so wonderfully he didn’t look at anything (not even at a cat he nearly crushed).

With motion artist Frankie Lee – one of Risink’s favorites – who can still be a bad boy now and then, Van Lier made sure he never got bored and asked him for something every few metres. “I only ride little horses for a short time, but I want them to really pay attention to me for half an hour and have their heads with me.”

Dinja van Liere with Frankie Lee (by Franziskus) Photo: Melanie Brevink-Van Dijk

The resignation itself (with ears fluttering along with the movement) finally entered the track: Lowlands. The Millennium Stallion at Iron Spring Farm under Van Lier’s leadership has shown that it has once again gone through a great deal of development, right down to a lane-like set. “This is a beautiful horse to ride, he always wants to learn. He quickly understands what you want from him.” This is also the reason why Van Lier believes he has everything for the Grand Prix. “This person will do everything, I am convinced.”

Lowlands (by Millennium) with Dinja van Liere Photo: Melanie Brevink-Van Dijk

Van Liere could also have a chance to advance with him. The Malone family’s intention was actually to bring it to America a year after they bought it, but it’s still in Oden. “I don’t think I have anything to do with it,” Resink says. “That’s really a credit to Dinga.”

With Dinga Van Lier, it appears that Racenk has secured the future of his stallion. “A good horse is nothing without a good rider.”

Source: Horses.nl

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