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Pro Grooming Tips

Grooming a horse well is about far more than just elbow grease; it reveals a lot about the overall professionalism of the barn.

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By: Jessica Lefroy |

Bo Vaanholt is one busy lady. As part of the grooming team for Canadian Olympic rider Eric Lamaze at Artisan Farms LLC, she travels the world with his large string of horses and makes sure he arrives ringside with his mounts happy and sparkling from ear to hoof. The 28-year-old hails from Hengelo, The Netherlands, and has been working for Artisan and Torrey Pines for two-and-a-half years. During that time she has groomed horses for the 2015 Pan Am Games and 2016 Rio Olympics. She was recently the recipient of the 2017 Ollie O’Toole Perpetual Trophy (further sweetened with a cheque for $2,000), awarded to the groom of the top prize-money winning horse in grand prix competition at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, FL, which this year was Artisan Farms’ Fine Lady 5. Horse Sport caught up with Bo during the Longines Global Champions Tour in Mexico City to…

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