Alice rode her first European Championship as a Junior with the extraordinary Why Not in 1987 in Pratoni del Vivaro.She also rode Why Not that year at the European Championships for National Riders in Oud-Heverlee, Belgium, where her later husband Gert Naber also competed in the team with Owijntje. Meanwhile, Alice was also taking the Schoevers course for secretarial work, but it still became full time work in the horses instead of in the office! There are many more wonderful championships to mention. Becoming Dutch eventing champion is almost a habit with the Naber-Lozeman family. Father Gerrit Lozeman was honoured as champion in 1969. In 2000, 2004, 2008, 2013, 2014, 2015 and 2016, Alice became Dutch champion. In between, brother Henk Jan captured the title in 2005, while husband Gert Naber won in 2001. What a history!
Of course, the Olympics are and will remain the highest aspiration of top athletes. At the 2015 European Championships in Britain’s Blair Castle, Alice and ACSI Peter Parker captured fourth place with the team. In 2016, the time had come and Alice, at 45, rode her first Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro! With ACSI Peter Parker, she achieved a stunning 6th place with the team; individually she came 32nd. “This really tasted like more. I definitely want to do this again and then better! If you are fit yourself, you are never too old for such a great goal,” says Alice.
Ramon van Reine of ACSI is intertwined with Alice’s life.
“As long as I can remember, Ramon van Reine has been supporting me with one or more horses and is present at our competitions,” says Alice, “our competitions are one big cosy family event. First I saw their son Thierry in the pram at the races, later they saw our little daughters Leida and Jantien. Our girls grew up at the races and started riding plenty. And that eventually resulted in the inclusion of both daughters is the ACSI team. I am grateful for that!”
Alice Naber and her husband Gert have their training accommodation and stables in Biddinghuizen in the Netherlands’ youngest province of Flevoland. The Alice Eventing School is also located there. Motivated riders can take advantage of the good training facilities to get better at the eventing sport There has been investment in some new obstacles on the eventing grounds and there are nice flats with lodging facilities.