Amazing April – Introducing Eva Beun

I like to think the introductions we have shared so far have opened your eyes a little to the breadth of appeal Icelandic horses have around the world. No surprise to those who love them. In Europe and Scandinavia the Icelandic world has much bigger numbers of both horses and people involved.

Today’s introduction is more “mainstream”. Eva Beun and I have been talking online since the beginning of January when she offered to help people with their goal setting – now it is the middle of April…..

The main reason for the delay was that Eva had been studying for and just passed her Icelandic Horse Judges qualification exam and then had a holiday! (Its tough that exam!) Eva was the NSIJP sports leader for four years. We have been discussing the problems of large countries, small populations and riders concentrated in central locations – the main reason we set up Tölt.Club.

The Dutch Icelandic Horse Society have about 2500 members although still small numbers competing due to the logistic issues we are all struggling with she tells me. So about ten times larger than the UK society and still a struggle.

Eva will be joining Tölt.Club as one of our coaches offering online and in-person services to offer big city expertise to more remote locations.

You can find out more about the services she will be offering here (the page is incomplete currently but we are working on it).

The featured image is from January this year when Eva was at the
NSPS Stallion show with team de Groenkamp, Eise vd Groenkamp,
Koffie vd Groenkamp, Hoy-thing vd Toom. All three stallions earning 1st Premium evaluations. Some exciting futures there.

Over to Eva:

My name is Eva Beun, born in 1984 in The Netherlands.

Since the age of 11 horses are my passion, first a Shetland pony (still mine), a short period a Connemara and since 2004 Icelandic Horses and that virus is strong.

In 2006 I graduated as a physiotherapist. Within human physiotherapy I have specialized in low back pain, behaviour and behavioural changes and of course horse riders. To be able to do more than only the training of the body of the rider in our practice but also on the horse, I have completed the trainers and instructor training in Deurne and I am a FEIF trainer level 1.

When it comes to performing in sports, in addition to physical optimum performance, it is also about mental components, I started to study the human brain and how this influences us positively or negatively.

As a physiotherapist I have a holistic approach, body and mind are inseparable and everything around us affects us to a greater or lesser extent.

In 2016 I completed a special coach training in which physical and mental training is used for better performance.

A coaching and training technique also used by Adelinde Cornelissen.

After a period as sports leader of the Netherlands, I wanted to continue to develop myself and follow my dreams, so in 2017 I started an effort study into the effects of the changes in the T1 final, started at the University of Ghent to become an equestrian physiotherapist and started the Dutch national judge training.

All that is now completed and so now I’m an equestrian physiotherapist and a Dutch national judge too. 

I follow my passion everyday by working with both humans and horses (and other animals), I train and compete with two Icelandic horses.

I believe that when a rider has questions about physical or mental issues with himself or with physical questions about his / her horse or wants support in formulating suitable goals I can help both the rider and the horse. It is not just something that I believe is for riders who compete.

Every combination for me can function at his or her own level, it is important to me that this is done in harmony and with mutual respect for body and mind.

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