Dressage stable Van Baalen has a rich history and developed from its inception in 1978 into the top sports accommodation it is today.
Arie van Baalen senior (†2021) and Coby van Baalen married in 1978. Arie senior was a cow farmer and horse man at heart. Arie was a passionate horse breeder with a penchant for Trakehner blood. He was Coby and Marlies’ biggest supporter and supported them unconditionally in the pursuit of their sporting ambitions.
Over the years, the property in Brakel developed from a dairy farm to a full-fledged dressage stable. Coby and Arie senior had two children, daughter Marlies and son Arie junior. Son Arie specialized in arable farming, especially the onion business. In 2020, opposite Dressuurstal Van Baalen, he opened together with his wife Jacobine Van Baalen Farms , a modern rearing company for young horses.