Is there a listing anywhere on the Internet? Must be qualified to train/teach upper level dressage and speak English. Will be moving there, possibly bringing horse, for a year. Also, will need to find housing...any areas to recommend or avoid?
At one time Birgitt van der Eijken (speaks english VERY well - rides FEI and was trainer of Dutch pony team) was located a train ride away from Amsterdam (I don't remember how far). Perhaps if she is too far she could recommend another (closer) trainer? I believe there is a Dutch riding area in Amsterdam - someone who lives in Europe will know better than I it's name - but it was downtown (about 15 years ago).
I just spent 8 days in Holland about an hour from Amsterdam in Oostelbeers & Middlebeers.
My Dutch friend told me anyone who goes to (equivalent of our)High School there is taught English. So most Dutch have a good knowledge of the language.
I saw - driving by - a lot of lovely barns including a couple menage (their word for riding school).
You should not have a problem finding a place to ride.
I was in Amsterdam yyyeeeeaaaaaaaaarrrrrrrrrrrssssssssss ago and absolutely could not find anyone who could NOT speak English. Some obviously spoke English better than others, but we couldn't find anyone who couldn't understand or speak at least a fair amount of English.
Just because 95% of Americans can't speak another language is no reason to assume the rest of the world can't speak English.
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Thank you for input. I think Birgitte would be too far away....would love any other recommendations. I realize almost everyone speaks some English, however, my impression is that not all trainers want to teach in English.
I am hoping for more recommendations, thanks!
I stayed with a friend in a village called Bergen just outside Amsterdam (should have been 15mins on the train; took us much longer due to inclement weather!) & there was lots of riding. It's a beautiful village & very international, so may be a good place for you to consider living. I don't know about dressage but do a search. Everyone speaks English, in fact most Dutch people I know (and thats a lot - they all seem to come to Scotland & love Hiking, LOL!) speak 3 languages minimum.
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