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  • Eddo Hoekstra

    Just heard that Eddo Hoekstra recently suffered a stroke and is in the hospital. Does anyone have an update on his condition?

  • #2
    Oh dear. I don't know anything about it but sending my best wishes to him and his family.


    • #3
      It is my understanding that he is still in the hospital. I have only second hand info at this point, so won't pass that on. I am hopeful of being in touch with his SO, Tammy, soon to find out more.

      He needs our jingles.
      Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


      • #4
        If anyone would like an address to send a card to, please email me at the address linked in my profile.

        His September clinic here has not been cancelled yet, so they are obviously hopeful that he will be recovering by then, and we are all keeping our fingers so very tightly crossed.
        The Noodlehttp://tiny.cc/NGKmT&http://tiny.cc/gioSA
        Boy Wonderhttp://tiny.cc/G9290
        The Hana is nuts! NUTS!!http://tinyurl.com/SOCRAZY


        • #5
          Just got an update on Eddo's condition.

          He is still in the hospital in Peterborough. He is getting stronger, but is still very weak in his left side. They are looking at getting him more physio work to help him gain back his strength.

          We are all encouraged to send him emails, as he loves hearing from everyone and they think it helps him to focus his thoughts. He can be emailed at eddohoekstra@nexicom.net

          Fingers and toes crossed for full and quick recovery for this wonderful man.
          Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


          • #6
            Update on Eddo

            Hi All,

            I currently board at Eddo's barn and am a friend to Tammy and Eddo. Eddo is currently in the rehab unit in Peterborough. He is currently receiving rehab daily and is regaining his strength slowly.

            We had to cancel the August Walter Zettl clinic at HDI as Walter was recuperating from pneumonia and Eddo was still in the hospital. We are keeping our fingers crossed that he will be out of the hospital in time for the September clinic with Walter.

            If you would like to send hm a message you can send him an email at eddohoekstra@nexicom.net. I know many of you have sent emails but have not heard anything back. I can assure you that he has read most of your emails. I have him hooked into an ipad at the hospital but there is no wifi and it will take some time for him to write back to you all. He has enjoyed your emails and is quite overwhelmed by the support from all over the US, Canada and the Carribean.

            I will be seeing him tonight so I will pass on your support.

            I will endeavour to keep you all up to date on Eddo or if you feel comfortable please call Tammy directly. If you have further questions you can contact me directly through the facebook page Hoekstra Dressage.



            • #7
              Update on Eddo

              Hi All,

              Eddo sends his regards to everyone. He is at home for the weekend and can be reached at 705-876-9242. He was in good spirits!

              He has asked me to post a couple of pictures. You can find them on Facebook on the Hoekstra Dressage page.


              If you are looking for his address it is

              2833 County Road 29
              Peterborough, ON K9J 6X5

              Cheers, Carol-Anne


              • #8
                Thanks so much for the update!


                • #9
                  Eddo is still wheelchair bound but his speech is not seriously affected, so he wants to begin teaching some riding lessons at his barn. But to do so he needs an all-terrain motorized wheelchair and those things are very expensive and out of his reach.

                  To help him with funding, we are holding a couple of days of fundraising at Sonesta Farms. Below is a copy of the press release we just did for this:


                  HOUSTON, TX, SEPTEMBER 23, 2012: Sonesta Farms, a dressage barn located at 17302 Swansbury Dr., Cypress, TX 77429, will host a benefit to raise funds for the well-known dressage clinician, Eddo Hoekstra, who recently suffered a paralyzing stroke that has left him without use of his left side. The stoke occurred just weeks after he became a first time father. The fund raiser will be held in two parts, with an open party on Saturday, October 27, 2012, and a dressage clinic on Sunday, October 28, 2012, to be taught by Sonesta Farm’s trainer, USDR Silver Medalist and British Horse Society Level II trainer, Andrea Seaman.

                  The party on October 27 will include a barbeque buffet, two live bands, swimming, hot tub, pony rides for kids, face painting, horseshoe pitching contest, a puppy kissing booth, Halloween costume contest for the kids and a raffle and silent auction. Internationally known equine photographer, Bob Langrish, who was recently honored by the Queen of England with the British title of MBE for his contributions to the art of equine photography, will be a special guest at the party.

                  The dressage clinic on Sunday, October 28 will consist of a riding lesson on your own horse to improve your dressage or just to improve your general riding abilities and will include a stall for your horse, a seminar on how to braid your own horse for shows, a video of your riding lesson, a nice lunch and a cocktail party afterwards during which Eddo will be contacted by telephone and put on speaker to visit with everyone.

                  Tickets to the Saturday party are $20 for adults and $10 for children between ages 8-13. Children under age 8 are free. Rides in the dressage Clinic are $100 each. Tickets for Saturday’s events and the Sunday riding clinic can be obtained by contacting Rebecca Pennington of Sonesta Farms at Rebecca@sonestafarms.com or by phoning her at (281) 373-0125.

                  Corporate sponsors would be welcomed.
                  Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


                  • #10
                    And I just found out that the Leg-Up Equestrian Assistance Program (LEAP) that was begun by our own Kathy St. Martin & Jos Mottershead of Equine-Reproduction.com has agreed to help with the fundraising.

                    So, if you cannot make it to the benefit, you can send a donation directly to LEAP with a notation that it is for Eddo Hoesktra and they will forward the funds to him. LEAP is a 501(c)(3) charitable organization so your donations are tax deductible.

                    We are very grateful to LEAP for their help.

                    Visit their website at www.leg-up.org to find out how you can donate.
                    Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.


                    • #11
                      I'm delighted to report that Jane Savoie just contacted me and is donating a one year membership to her Dressage Mentor website - www.dressagementor.com - to our benefit's silent auction!

                      And Avalon Equine (Kathy St. Martin and Jos Mottershead of Equine Reproduction.com) have donated a breeding to any of their stallions that they are standing at the time of use!

                      You guys are awesome!

                      I'll see if I can get moderator permission to start a thread for some of these silent auction items so that some of YOU GUYS can bid on them, too! These should not be limited to those in attendance.
                      Visit Sonesta Farms website at www.sonestafarms.com or our FaceBook page at www.facebook.com/sonestafarms. Also showing & breeding Cavalier King Charles Spaniels.