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.
13 July 2018
An adapted marathon course, tropical temperatures, wind and technical courses were all ingredients of the competition this past weekend in Chablis. The single horse division boasted a number of top international drivers. Hostess Marion Vignaud won the single horse division with one of the two horses she started, Winston. Second place went to Canadian Kelly Houtappels with her superb horse Flip. “It was a wonderful competition,” tells Houtappels. “It was well organized and they really went out of their way to encourage the drivers to socialize and have fun together. The obstacles were well designed; there were so many options almost no one drove the same course.” The Canadian isRead 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.