Samantha van der Sande

Assistant Manager/Marketing

I am extremely grateful for the wonderful experiences I have had travelling with the Clydesdale team. As a groom to the DB team, I learnt a lot and continue to enjoy my time with the horses in assisting my parents with the management of the Pirongia Clydesdales.

I have been very lucky to have had the opportunity to work under some of the very best drivers in England. In 2003 I achieved the British Road Driving qualification (which is run under the British Harness Horse Training Board), with a pair of HRH Prince Phillip's harness horses.

More recently, in 2011, I spent five months training and working with one of England's National Champion Four in Hand competition drivers. Following this I spent some time travelling, and working with one of the most successful Clydesdale horse teams in the United States.

I also enjoy riding and teaching dressage and competing on the carriage driving circuit with our Friesian horses.
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