Harmke Westervelt was born in Holland in 1974 and learned since early childhood about horses at her parents ridingschool/studfarm (www.manegedeachterhoek.nl). She always had a keen interest in ‘”the odd one out”, the horse who needed that little extra attention to understand people. Over the years she has worked with thousands of horses under very different circumstances in many different countries. From Grand Prix dressage horses in America to the semi-wild horses of Iceland and the Marwari horses of India. Apart from this, she also worked one year at Mother Theresa’s “Missionaries of Charity” in Kolkata, India and spend four months crossing the seas on a cargo ship. From 2006 till 2013, she trained endurance horses for HH Sheikh Hamdan bin Rashid al Maktoum in Dubai, holding the world record from 2010 until 2013 for 120km FEI** endurance events. She competed in Abu Dhabi and Dubai as well as in Turkey, South Africa, Uruguay and Chili (Pan American Open). In 2012 she ran the famous “Marathon des Sables”in Morocco, a 250km foot race through the Sahara, often referred to as “the toughest foot race on earth”, giving her additional first-hand appreciation for the sport of endurance.