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January 29, 2014

Pella teen gallops her way to the World Cup


“I like to think that I didn’t choose to be an equestrian rider, this sport chose me since I was born into it,” Nadine Van Zomeren commented.

Along with training for their competitions, both girls along with their parents run the family farm. They are usually in the horse barn by 8 a.m., sometimes earlier in the hot summer months, to care for the horses. They spend at least an hour each day with each horse, grooming the animal, cleaning the stall and training. Then they spend their afternoons and evenings giving lessons to riders.

“When our girls were born 18 years ago, we wanted to do this as a family,” Renae Van Zomeren said about their choice to start a farm with horses.

It’s hard work running the farm, but taking care of horses and competing in competitions have brought the Van Zomerens together as a family and taught the girls great life experiences.

“Being an equestrian has shaped me into the person that I am more than one would think. It has taught me how to have competitiveness as well as sportsmanship, along with compassion and kindness to others. I think being an equestrian has taught me more about life than almost anything else could,” Nadine Van Zomeren commented.

Nadine Van Zomeren will attend two practice sessions with her chosen team and in July will compete in the International Saddle Seat Equitation World Cup competition in Asheville, North Carolina where five judges from across the country will judge equestrian riders from around the world.

“I have the most unbelievably amazing support team. My parents, sister Avis, grandmother Gloria Steinke and aunt Darlene Wallinga are the main people who helped me reach my goals. My barn family has also been incredible, as well as the horse world in general,” Nadine Van Zomeren said.

You can follow Nadine Van Zomeren’s story along with the rest of the riders at Timber Hills Farm on their Facebook page.

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