Ruben grew up in The Netherlands and began training horses over 23 years ago. His equine experience has been in many different breeds, as well as many different disciplines. This led to nine European championships. He then relocated to the United States and in 2002, he started Vandorp Inc., DBA Vandorp Reining Horses. Ruben married Melissa in 2003 and the couple moved their operation to Skyline Ranch in 2007. That year proved to be a great success as he was NRHA’s 3rd top rider with earnings over $182,000. Most of his success in 2007 is credited to Einsteins Revolution, owned by Wagner and Vandorp. Ruben is also a two time Congress Champion, NRBC Intermediate Open Champion, NRBC Open Reserve Champion, multiple NRBC Open finalist, NRHA Derby Intermediate Open Reserve Champion , multiple NRHA Derby Open finalist, AQHA World Show top five and NRHA Futurity Champion. Ruben’s current lifetime NRHA earnings are over $690,000. In 2012, Ruben had yet another successful show season with both his non pros and personally by making the NRHA Futurity Open finals for the second time. He won the NRHA Open Futurity L3 and was 3rd in the L4. 2012 concluded with Ruben being the 4th top Professional Rider. In 2014, Ruben trained two Open Futurity finalists, shown by Brian Bell and Shawn Flarida. Shawn and Tinseltown Fly Guy were the 2014 NRHA Open Reserve Futurity Champions. Ruben and Melissa currently reside in Cross Roads with their two beautiful children, Skylar and Peyton. Vandorp Reining Horses is located at the beautiful Cardinal Training Center in Aubrey, TX. The Vandorp Team consists of Ruben, Head Trainer, Arnaud Ferret, Assistant Trainer and Tony Uribe, Barn Manager. We are so proud to have Arnaud and Tony and of the dedication they have to our clients and horses!