Natascha van Eijk
Is the founder of this program and main instructor. She has been at the forefront of bitfit consulting in the Netherlands. Top class riders, who use a bitfit consultant, (see also Bitsymmetrie on Facebook) notice enormous differences in the performance of their horses. Hind legs that moved more freely under the body, better use of the body, more relaxation in the mouth. Hundreds of horses have been bitfitted by the founder and with more experience more puzzles were solved. Unique in her approach is the combination between bit fitting a horse and using her unique symmetry method (osteopathic manipulations, Jack Meagher massage, dry needling and cranio sacral therapy). The knowledge found in combining all these techniques and her experience is shared at the ICPBC.
In a lot of countries bitfit consulting like the ICPBC teaches her students is not known yet. Natascha is really keen on making the ICPBC the strongest certification distinguishing ICPBC students from bit salesmen and other courses that mention biomechanics but don't have her background. We strongly believe that horse owners are looking for honest people that have welfare of horses as their main goal and not sales. If the bit or bridle is not causing the contact issue, we try to help the owner with all the other skills we have and the professionals we work with.
Henk van der Veen
Henk graduated from Utrecht University, The Netherlands, in 1988. In 1994, Henk joined Lingehoeve Diergeneeskunde equine referral hospital in the heart of the Netherlands as equine veterinarian in the ambulatory practice. Since 2000, he has specialised in orthopaedics including lameness exams, pre-purchase exams and diagnostic imaging (radiology, ultrasound, scintygraphy and contrast CT). Henk gained his ISELP certification in 2008. Henk shows incredible head and neck pathology cases in the module about Head and Neck pathology at the ICPBC and we are really happy to have him as one of the instructors.
For our Dentistry Module our lecturers are Daan Staller DVM,CEqD, IAED/CDVM who is also lecturer at the Academy of Equine dentistry and veterinary dentist Theo van Delft, who is also chairman of the Dutch association of equine dentistry.