Welcome to Dutch Joy!

Horse riding in a unique location, the Ardennes
Since 1998  Yvonne van der Velde and Jan Schaafsma are running with passion and joy the horseriding center Dutch Joy. Located in the hart of the beautiful Ardennes. It is the perfect place for riding awesome and refreshing trips at a crisp pace through the vast nature.

The best the Ardennes can offer
Yvonne has 30 years of high level internationnal endurance horseriding experience and she has been Dutch endurance champion multiple times. The lush foresty region with it’s iconic hills and a near infinite amount of countryside paths offers her the ideal spot to train her beloved horses. She knows the most fascinating rivers, old ruins, castels, hills and descents. She has managed to shape her own 9 personnal routes (together more than 300km of riding pleasure) to show her guests a sight to behold that is the Ardennes. You will experience the nicest places where otherwise no one would ever come. The amazing International endurance rider Leonie with her thoroughbred Prince would also love to guide you through this brilliant area.

What do we offer?
We offer a variety of programs to our guests so that there is something for everyone. During the daytrips you will receive a complete picknick from our mobile chef on a panoramic spot.  The level of treats of this arangement is pretty big!

Our formula 1 horses
Our Dutch Joy horses have all got released from the top of the endurance world: they are thoroughbred arabs, have a great condition, have a lot of strenght power, are obedient, are easy to control with your pinkies, walk with joy and passion. We love a smooth trot, a fresh gallop or just walking steps while enjoying the awesome suroundings. The riding of our Formula 1 horses is a true sensation!

A guest house full of nostalgia

The historic farmhouse from 1600 in the heart of the idyllic town of Cherain wil be your home. Are you spending the night? Then sleep and have breakfast in the charming guesthouse.  In the evening after a long nice trip you will come home to a delicious warm meal. There is nothing better then getting around the table after a day with the horses.

Then it is finally time to relax in our cosy hottub, go take a swim in the pool or just crash in front of the fireplace..

We persistently aim for satisfied guests and happy horses!


“Ik wil jullie even extra bedanken voor het heerlijke weekend bij jullie in de Ardennen …!”


Meer informatie?

Ben je op zoek naar een ruitervakantie en wil je weten welke programma’s, accomodatie en omgeving wij te bieden hebben?


Heb je je keuze gemaakt en kies je voor een fantastische ruitervakantie bij Dutch Joy in de prachtige Ardennen?

Schroom dan niet!

“JOY IS NOT IN THINGS, IT IS IN US” (Richard Wagner)

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