Who we are
Thanks to their well-renowned equestrian centre ‘the Hazelhorst’, the Van Straaten family from Den Ham have built up a solid reputation over the years and have become a real institution in the horse world. The Hazelhorst is not only a friendly and highly accredited riding school but has a breeding programme that rivals the best in the world From the 25 foals bred yearly at the Hazelhorst a large number go on to perform at the Grand-Prix level.
Being brought up at the Hazelhorst, Fred van Straaten jr. has lived and breathed horses from an early age, getting to know all the different facets of the professional horse industry first-hand. During his early showjumping career Fred jr. rode for the Dutch national team that was selected for the European Pony Championships. He then went on to perform in the Junior/ Young Rider League to finally jump at 3* level 1.50. Besides his sport career Fred jr.is a much requested trainer for both riders and horses, and is also committed to the business of buying and selling horses, going by the name of ‘Fred van Straaten Sport Stables’. His expertise is being increasingly called upon by buyers purchasing horses through the internet who need reliable and independent advice. Fred is one of the first in the horse trading business to offer his know-how and extensive network to foreign buyers.