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Leida Collins - Strijk

Leida grew up in a small town called Brakel in the south of Holland, very close to Stal Van Baalen, where she spent 10 years training under Dutch Olympic Team Dressage rider Coby van Baalen.

At the age of 21 Leida received a great opportunity. She was recruited by the well-known talent sponsors at that time, Bollvorm. Under Bollvorm's sponsorship, Leida was given the ride on Wempe Jewel, with whom in a very short time was named "Young talent of the future" and earned a spot on the Dutch team in the European Champs Lipica 1993 and World Equestrian Games - The Hague 1996.

After working for Sponsors Bollvorm, Leida moved to breeding station The Havikerwaard. With the Havikervaard's stallion Welcome she achieved many high scores, particularly in Aachen 1998.

Since then Leida has had many international successes with Grand prix horses Just Mickey and Dutch small tour champion Hunter to name a few. More recently her international status is recognised aboard Grand prix horses ON TOP and REX.