Harness horses on Whit Monday crowd puller at CH Eext

This Pentecost weekend, the 92nd edition of the Concours Hippique was held in Eext. Although there are of course more events like this, the one in Eext is special, says Martin Hilbolling of the organization. “Whit Monday is very well attended. This is mainly due to the harness horses. They are not around at every competition. That makes it special.”

Among the public are also very loyal visitors today, such as Roelie Klompe. “My husband was always ringmaster here and I always went with him. He passed away three years ago. My niece also likes to watch and now she comes along. I really like equestrian sports. I used to ride myself . It’s a beautiful terrain here. It brings back memories. It really does me good.”

Elmer van Hoorn won the 1.20 class with 55 participants. “I am very proud. A great horse from the riding school of Jan Dolfing in Vries. It is an honor that I can ride that horse. So great fun. Furthermore, it is also a super event. Super set up and enthusiastic audience. Great actually in one word,” says Van Hoorn.

Former board member Hetta van Gogh says that the horse term ‘change hands’ has acquired its own meaning here. “By changing hands you start driving on the other hand, so in the other direction, usually by crossing the road diagonally after the short side, from corner letter to corner letter. We have made it: putting the beer in the other hand . Or the wine, or the coke.”