Tineke Bartels (1951) started riding at an early age. As a 15-year-old she competed as a junior jumping rider at the inaugural edition of Indoor Brabant. Many national and international competitions followed and at the same time she trained the successful Dutch eventing teams.
From eventing to dressage
When Tineke was 31-years-old she switched to dressage. She won the silver team medal at her fist World Championship in Toronto in 1980. She represented the Netherlands at four Olympic Games and she won the silver team medal in Barcelona and Atlanta.
Tineke made a comeback on top level when she was 52 and she participated with the Dutch team in the World Championships in Jerez with Broere Jazz. The pair finished seventh at the 2004 Dutch Championship. Meanwhile daughter Imke has taken over from Tineke in top level sport.
Tineke coached Imke at two Olympic Games. She also coached Japan’s Akane Kuroki, who participated in the Olympic Games in Rio with Imke’s former horse Toots. In the past years Tineke was very successful as national coach for ponies, Juniors and Young Riders.
Her ‘Your Pony Book’ was translated into five languages and the book ‘Ride Horses with Awareness and Feel’, which she wrote together with her husband Joep Bartels, has grown into a standard reference and was also published in the UK and USA.
Companion of the Order of Orange-Nassau
In 1994 Tineke was appointed Companion of the Order of Orange-Nassau for her equestrian career and her merits for the development of the equestrian sport.