Meet the sporthorses

Good performance in the ring starts with the quality of the horse. Meet the sporthorses, the DVB Youngsters, own breeding products and sales horses of DVB. Of course, the biggest stars of the past are not left out either.

All horses at Dressage Stable Van Baalen receive the same five-star management that is tailored specifically to each horse. They come out daily, are trained by Marlies, Coby or the DVB stable riders and always get the best feed, bedding and physical supervision. In this way, they can perform to the best of their abilities.

Go Legend

Born: 2011
Pedigree: Totilas x Ferro

Go Legend was born in the stables of Marlies’ parents-in-law. After several successful starts in the Small Tour, Marlies moved on to the Heavy Tour with Go Legend in 2019, in which his talent was even better expressed. Participation in the Tokyo Olympics and the European Championships in Hagen made 2021 a top sporting year.

Jacky Kennedy DVB

Born: 2014
Pedigree: Damsey x Jazz

The elegant mare Jacky Kennedy DVB is a beautiful appearance and also a great talent. She was born on DVB to the Elite mare Erludine DVB. Under Marlies, Jacky Kennedy DVB achieved wonderful scores in the Small Tour, but she also shows a lot of talent for the heavy work. Jacky Kennedy DVB is dam of Nancy Reagan DVB (by Sezuan).

Habibi DVB

Born: 2012
Pedigree: Don Schufro x Johnson

Bred and raised at Dressuurstal Van Baalen and named after Marlies’ former champion horse Habibi! As a young horse, Habibi DVB was already successful, winning the Equisport Cup at age 4. He later competed three times at the World Young Horse Championships with Mara de Vries after which she and Coby successfully trained him to Grand Prix.


Born: 2012
Pedigree: Ampere x Florencio

Hulana was bred by and owned by Emmie Twint. The striking appearance attracted Coby’s interest at a young age at the Central Inspection in Ermelo after which she came to DVB for further training by Marlies. Hulana has some offspring growing up at Van Baalen Farms.

Jalila DVB

Born: 2014
Pedigree: Sezuan x Johnson

This sensitive and quality star mare is a half-sister to Habibi DVB and also born at Dressuurstal Van Baalen. Jalila is a daughter of Sezuan out of Davina DVB (by Johnson). Very talented as a young horse and is currently being trained by Coby to the highest level. Jalila is dam of Omar (by Hermes), Pasquino DVB (by For Gold) Rania DVB (by Le Formidable) and Robespierre DVB (by All at Once).

nancy reagan DVB

Born: 2018
Pedigree: Sezuan x Damsey

From the very successful line of Erludine DVB comes this beautiful black star mare. Nancy Reagan has the looks and attitude of both her grandmother Erludine DVB and her dam Jacky Kennedy DVB. Out of this lineage have already come wonderful sport horses and Nancy Reagan definitely belongs in this list as well. Nancy Reagan is dam of Santorini DVB (by Bloomberg).

Hall of Fame


The imposing KWPN-approved stallion Ferro (by Ulft) and Coby enjoyed an unprecedentedly successful sporting career. When the stallion was eight years old, Coby got to ride him and they soon belonged to the absolute world top. Highlights were the Sydney Olympics, with team silver and an individual fifth place, as well as the silver team medal at the European Championships in Arnhem and the World Championships in Rome. Not only in the sport, but also in breeding Ferro is very successful.

Pasternak DVB

The Gribaldi son Pasternak DVB, bred at Dressage Stables Van Baalen, impressed at a young age with his talent at the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses. This special character horse ran successfully in the Grand Prix with Coby and was at the beginning of a wonderful international career, but unfortunately died at too young an age due to a viral infection.


Dhe KWPN-approved Inspekteur (by Darwin) was a true professor and a real family horse. He was the first breeding product of Coby’s father Jan Dorresteijn. Together with Marlies, he achieved fantastic results in youth, including EC team gold. This real character horse had many funny traits and later was the perfect schoolmaster for Marrigje van Baalen and other youth.


With his strong movements, the Habibi bred by Marian Dorresteijn and Hennie Broekhuizen had a lot of talent for the youth tests. Whenever he was allowed into the ring, he always grew a little extra. Together with Marlies, he took team and individual gold at the European Championships in Hickstead.


Soon after Marlies’ youth career, Idocus came on her path: the American owner Christine McCarthy offered the stallion for breeding at Team Nijhof in the Netherlands and found the right rider in Marlies. Idocus was a very sensitive horse, but once Marlies got to know him well they could read and write together, resulting in two World Cup finals and the Olympic Games in Athens.


Kigali (by Wolfgang) began his successful career as a show jumper, becoming world champion in the five-year-olds. Kigali came to Dressuurstal Van Baalen for dressage only at the age of twelve. He was intelligent and great to work with. Coby trained him to Grand Prix and then Marlies also took place in the saddle of Kigali. Together they rode the World Cup finals in Las Vegas, among other events.


The great Ojay (by Jazz) came to DVB at a later age and it took a lot of time to gain his confidence, especially in terms of transportation. With a lot of patience and time, this all worked out well and he has proven himself in the sport under several riders. He was very talented in piaffe and passage and together with Marlies he won the silver medal at the NK dressage in 2010, behind Edward Gal and Totilas.


The talented Phoebe (by Regazzoni) was a horse that always gave confidence in the ring and also had a very nice piaffe and passage. With her, Marlies won a medal at the NK dressage in 2011. Phoebe later had another foal that is now also running successfully in the sport.


The elegant Miciano (by Medici) was owned by Marlies’ then trainer Johann Hinnemann. The beautiful chestnut had great talent for all Grand Prix exercises and under Marlies ran, among other things, the World Cup Final in Stockholm in 2013, became KNHS indoor champion in the Grand Prix in 2014, and achieved second place with the Dutch team in the Nations Cup at CHIO Aachen in 2014.

Training at Dressage Stable van Baalen?

Working together in perfect harmony, that’s dressage! This is pursued daily by Dressage Stable Van Baalen. And with success, because Dressuurstal Van Baalen already trained more than a hundred combinations to a Dutch team spot!