5 Strides With: Nanini Van D’Abelendreef

Nanini Van D’Abelendreef and Erynn Ballard. Photo by Anne Gittins Photography

An “interview” with the show jumper (via her rider, Erynn Ballard!)

Ilan Ferder and Esperanza Imports’ Belgian Warmblood mare—who goes by “Nina”at the barn—won the $50,000 Equiline Grand Prix at the ESP Holiday Finale with Ballard in January.

What is your favorite thing about the jumper ring?

I know that I am very, very, very good, so my most favorite thing is people watching me jump! In California we jumped at night and that was so cool.

What sort of advantage do you think mares have over geldings and stallions? 

I have so much #GirlPower. I don’t know if it’s an advantage, but I know it makes me good! 

You turn 9 this spring. What would you love to try that you haven’t done yet?

I just started FEI with Erynn this fall, and she has told me about all the stars. This year I know I’m going to make 5*.

Can you tell us what life is like at home when you’re not training or showing?

I have a great home life! They call me Queen here. I love being groomed. I get beautiful dapples and I love when my coat shines. I really am a queen.

Which is more fun: Bigger jumps or tighter turns? 

I love going fast—that’s how you win classes. It’s very natural and easy for me to be fast. Also, with my natural speed, the BIG jumps are easy!

*This story was originally published in the February 2022 issue of The Plaid Horse. Click here to read it now and subscribe for issues delivered straight to your door!