Marcel van der Burgh’s student Isabelle Leibler won the 2011 North American Young Rider Individual gold medal on Watson 108.
A thoughtful and capable trainer, Marcel’s talents shine in a few different areas. He is a master at turning around the problem horse, as well as getting the best from young riders. Both skills are testament to his patience and level headed approach to dressage.
Training a young rider is a skill that many trainers will readily admit that lack. A young rider’s age and inexperience is both a detriment and asset, only a trainer with the right personality and knowledge can get the best out of them. Marcel has a track record of taking a young rider all the way to the highest and most competitive levels of the sport with a student wining gold at the NAYRC in 2011. The rigorous NAYRC tests the training of the horse and rider like few other competitions open to youth equestrians and to have a student win both the individual and freestyle gold medals was a proud moment that Marcel with thrilled to celebrate with student Isabelle Leibler.
Story on Isabelle from USEF Network
Relying on a solid foundation of European training and years of experience Marcel has tackled a myriad of bad behaviors in a variety of sport horses. His patience and consistency let him work with a horse rather than against it to correct training issues both major and minor with a remarkable level of success. Whether working with a spooky young horse or stubborn campaigner Marcel’s strong basics and inventive exercises will transform even the most difficult horse.