Kelly Houtappels-Bruder’s love and passion for horses began at the age of two, when she won her first ribbon in the lead-line class at the Fergus Fall Fair. She trained and worked hard over the years, through pony club, as a working student and later as trainer and coach. Kelly has won many championships in dressage as well as pleasure and combined driving.
In 2008 Kelly was offered a working student position in Belgium, which turned into a very extended visit after meeting her husband Frank. They now operate Gendersteyn Stables in Steensel, The Netherlands where Kelly trains, teaches and competes with dressage horses and her combined driving horse Flip.
9 August 2016
Canadian Kelly Houtappels-Bruder who resides in the Netherlands successfully took part in the ninth edition of the FEI World Single Horse Driving Championships in Piber, Austria this past weekend. Kelly managed to qualify for the event earlier in the season with a new horse and her goal was to finish in the top 20. After an exciting competition the sympathetic driver finished above expectations in a well-earned seventh place in a field of 75 competitors! The World Championships began for Kelly on a sunny Thursday morning where she was the first to drive her dressage test directly after a break. Houtappels-Bruder didn’t know exactly what to expect as this wasRead more
Our stable is located in Steensel, The Netherlands where Kelly trains, teaches and competes with dressage horses and her combined driving horses.
We are just a small stable where quality and the welfare of the horses is our first priority. Gendersteyn Stables is situated in the beautiful Steensel forest which boasts miles of marked trails for hacking and trail riding.