Eliane began riding competitively in the 1990s and has been recognized as one of the major figures in international dressage by the sport’s media. Eliane's recipe for success is not only having her horses on form, but also learning from the best, across the disciplines. She initially trained with Sven Rothenberger, whom she met while Jewel Court Stud was competing at the 1992 Atlanta Olympics. In 1999 she moved to Bartels Academy in The Netherlands, where she was coached by Tineke and Imke Bartels and in 2002, she won the Belgian Grand Prix in dressage, riding Jewel’s Caracol.
In 2006 Eliane moved to the United States where she has continued to ride competitively, training with Ashley Holzer, Canada’s best rider and trainer. She also operates the US branch of her family’s horse breeding business, Jewel Court Stud. Eliane is a firm believer in building solid foundations. She loves working with home-bred horses and has supported the legacy of her parents by bringing young Jewel Court Stud horses to the United States to train and compete.
In addition to competing on the dressage circuit in Europe and the US, Eliane is an internationally certified dressage trainer, having earned her Masters Degree in Horse Sportsmanship in Deurne, The Netherlands. She conducts clinics for riders and their mounts at top stables in the US. While training students is not a priority, Eliane cherishes the coach-student relationship she has with a select few. Jewel Court Stud's assistant trainer Jessica Forend recently won the USEF Fourth Level Test of Choice at the 2015 Gold Coast Opener CDI on one of Jewel Court Stud's lovely sales horses, Capriole, an 8-year old bay Dutch warmblood mare by Special D x Falco.