Ingrid Malan – From Stellies to the European Young Horse Tour

Ingrid Malan (23 years old), is originally from Stellenbosch, South Africa. As a pony rider she represented the Western Province Dressage, Showing and Equitation Teams. During her junior career she also represented the Western Province Dressage and Show Jumping Teams, and continued to represent the Western Province Dressage Team in Adults. After completing high school, Ingrid moved to the Netherlands in 2012 to pursue her dream of becoming a professional Dressage rider. While riding and competing for Stal Hexagon (2012 – 2015), she studied Law and Psychology at the University College Roosevelt, situated in Middelburg, The Netherlands. Since graduating Cum Laude in January 2016, she has put all her focus on the sport.

Ingrid started her own company, Equilence (, which is focused on the training and selling of top quality Dressage horses. Equilence also aims to export semen of various KWPN approved Dressage stallions to South Africa before the 2017 breeding season. The company currently owns two talented young horses, the KWPN approved stallion, Giovanni, and a gelding, Haeden, that shows great potential. Furthermore, Ingrid is also currently working for Ad Valk Dressage and training alongside Emmelie Scholtens.

While working at Stal Hexagon, Ingrid successfully competed, reaching Intermediate level. Having recently started her own company and working at stables with an abundance of top quality young horses, Ingrid is currently focusing on young horse competitions. In August 2015, Ingrid competed with Giovanni at the prestigious Pavo Cup Young Horse Competition. The combination scored 80 points in the semi-final and excelled with a mega score of 89 points in the final. These scores combined secured 5th place overall, and Giovanni was ranked 2nd of all the 4 year-old stallions. Later in 2015, Ingrid made her debut on her then 3 year-old gelding, Haeden, at the Prinsenstad Young Horse Talent Show. The combination scored 79,3% which earned them 9th place, in a field of over 100 horses. She took part in various other young horse competitions, including the VSN Cup and the ‘Horsefood The Best’ Young Talent Competition and was placed directly to the final in all the competitions that she entered.

Ingrid also took part in all four of the Isah Stallion Competitions and was praised by the media ( on two occasions. More recently she presented stallions at the Van Olst Stallion Show, the Wim Cazemier Stallion Show and the KWPN “verrichtingsonderzoek” (Stallion Tests).

Ingrid has set solid goals for 2016. She will compete at the two largest young horse shows of the Netherlands, the Subli Cup and the Pavo Cup. Furthermore, Ingrid will be competing Giovanni at the 2016 Isah Stallion Competitions, and if the stallions that she presented at the KWPN “verrichtingsonderzoek” (Stallion Tests) are approved, she will present them for their first public debut at the KWPN Hengstenkeuring (Stallion Approval Demonstration) in Den Bosch.

Finally, her greatest objective for 2016 is to compete at the World Young Horse Dressage Breeding Championships to be held in Ermelo, The Netherlands. Not only has she thus far received great support from the South African Equestrian Federation to compete for South Africa, but she has also been invited by the KWPN and KNHS to take part in the final qualification in order to compete for the Netherlands. Nevertheless, Ingrid affirms that it would be an honour if she could fly the South African flag. This would be a great advance in the sport for South Africa, as it would be the first time ever that South Africa is represented at the World Young Horse Dressage Breeding Championships.

Although Ingrid is currently focusing on young horse competitions and on developing Equilence into a well known ‘dressage brand’, her ultimate goal is to advance her young horses to Grand Prix level and represent South Africa at the Olympics.

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