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Each week I interview the people behind some of the most interesting and popular equestrian accounts on Instagram.  This week I’m chatting with the amazingly talented Patricia Mannaerts, international Grand Prix dressage rider, and coach. Read on to learn more about the incredible woman behind the @patriciamannaerts  Instagram account where she shares her days of training her own stunning horses (make sure you don’t miss out because her Frisian horses are beyond beautiful. My favourite is Otto!). She also shares coaching tips, videos and competition action.

Tell us a little about you and your horses

Patricia’s 6 year old star stallion ‘Goofy’ Tanco fan Berltsum
I’m Patricia Mannaerts from Beringen, Belgium. I have 4 Frisian stallions. From base level to Grand Prix. I have a nail studio to pay for all the ‘hobby’. Since 1 year I also teach and coach students in dressage riding. I rode from my 15 till my 31 with warmblood horses. One of my horses died and I wanted to go a different route. I focused on Frisian horses. Not that easy in the beginning but now I’m the only rider competing on National level with Frisians in Belgium. At first the judges weren’t keen on Frisians horses in the dressage competition. But I learnt to ride my horses more like a warmblood and show them what they wanted to see. Since a few years I’m more respected and I’m able to ride nice results. I’m also very proud that I own and schooled my horses all by myself.


How did your horses come into your life?

I wanted to ride horses since I was 5 years old. But horse riding in those days were only permitted from the age of 7 so I impatiently had to wait for 2 more years. In the mean while I could ride the donkey of my oncle ?


How long have you been riding?

working hard in her home arena with 8 year old stallion ‘Grumpy’ Otto van Wissekerke
I ride 33 years now. And 25 years in competition


When and where do you ride?

I have my own stables and arena. I ride every morning. In the afternoon I work in my nailstudio or teach


How did you start riding?

It was in a Manege nearby were I took my first lessons twice a week.

What you and your horses currently working on?

Patricia with her 11 year old star sport, elite stallion Doeke fan Berltsum. Pictured during their victory lap at European Championship Frisian Horses 2019
With Doeke (11) I’m fine-tuning his Grand Prix Otto (8) I’m working to get to Intermediate level Tanco (6) I’m working to get to Prix St Georges level Dalton (3) working to compete young horses


What do you love about riding?

To see the progress the horses make. I also love to compete. Without competition I would immediately stop riding.


What you would you like to be doing in the future and do you have any goals?

To focus even more on my horses and try to stop with my nailstudio. My goals are to ride and score international. Also getting all my horses to the highest level (grand prix)


Have you ever had to deal with nerves in riding? 

Patricia schooling her 3 year old star stallion Stal Chardon’s Dalton
Every time I compete because you always want to show the best of yourself


How do you deal with them?

Just try to keep calm and rely on our experience. Once I’m on the horse the nerves mostly dissappear


Your Top Tip

Just have faith in yourself and your horse and work for it every training.



The Final Furlong


Who would be your dream horse to ride?

For me it’s my own Doeke. He’s so talented.


Who is your equestrian hero?

Isabelle Werth


If you could have 5 people to dinner who would they be?

My mother, father and boyfriend and as special guests Patrick Kittel and Dorothy Schneider


Favourite colour horse?



Favourite horse event

Kerstjumping Mechelen. Why? It’s for us Belgian dressage riders a dream to ride there. In 2018 my dream came true. I competed with Doeke in small tour worldcup 5* and managed a to get a 2nd place in the small final as only Frisian between the warmbloods. Unforgettable!


Favourite food


Favourite way to relax

Watching Tv


Favourite film

Dirty dancing

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