The Abbervail factor
Many years before Claudia was born, her parents, Dina and Robert Verburgt had a dream to own a top showjumper. Working in the city during the week, they spent their weekends travelling around Ireland searching for their dream horse. After many fruitless weekends, Dina and Robert found Mac at the stables of Dr. Noel Cawley. Before Noel had even taken the gangly three year old out of the stable, Dina had already decided that this was the horse of her dreams and this was the horse that would one day win a championship medal. 
 
Mac, as he was known at home started his career with Robert in the saddle. However Robert spent a lot of time abroad and had little time for Mac. This is when Di Lampard and Dietmar Ackerman stepped in. Longtime friends of Robert, they offered to help to keep the horses active while Robert was so busy. Di had been a top national rider in England, however she had just had her son and was making her way back into the sport. This temporary arrangement suited both parties and Mac was sent to Spring Farm to be trained by Di.
 
Di quickly realised that she had found a very special horse, one which she could not allow to leave her stables. And as they say, the rest was history. Dina and Robert were excited that a rider of Di's callibre also believed that Mac could be a superstar and were happy for him to continue his carreer with Di. 
 
What followed is nothing short of a fairytale. Mac and Di forged a special bond and right from the beginning of their partnership established themselves as a combination which could be depended on to deliver clear rounds. As a six year old, Mac qualified for four national finals at Horse of The Year Show, and the following year at the age of seven, he won the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Hickstead, and competed in his first World Cup at Olympia. This was the start of his long and successful career.
 
Di and Mac made their team debut at the CSIO in Rotterdam when he has eight, and this was followed by a further 40 appearances for the British team. His last nations cup was in 2003 at the CSIO show in St Gallen, giving him a nations cup career that spanned a decade.  
Mac and Di went to two FEI European Championships (Hickstead and Arnhem) and two FEI World Equestrian Games (Rome and Jerez).
 
Career highlights for Mac and Di include a team Bronze at the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome, and finishing 12th individually. Further higlights include Nations Cup wins at CSIO Dublin, Hickstead, Lummen and San Marino alongside numerous placings at CSIO Calgary, La Baule, Rome, Rotterdam and St Gallen, winning the Queen Elizabeth Cup at Hickstead twice, as well as coming second twice. Winner of the Olympic Star Spotters at Horse of the Year Show, winner of the Cock of the North at the Great Yorkshire Show, winner of the Leading Showjumper of the Year at Horse of the Year Show and numerous wins and placings around Europe such as a 2nd in the World Cup in Helsinki, 3rd in World Cup in Oslo, 2nd Grand Prix Aarhus WC, 4th Bremen Masters, and a 5th in the Berlin Grand Prix.

VIDEO - World Equestrian Games, Rome 1998
Killea Beauty
When Robert realised how special Mac was, and that he could become a top showjumper, Robert made it his mission to find Mac's mother, and continue the bloodline. 
 
Much to Dina's displeasure at the prospect of adding another horse to their possesion, a hobby which was starting to take on a life of its own, Robert found and bought Mac's mother. Killea Beauty was owned by a priest in Ireland, who was happy to sell the mare to Robert. Robert quickly had her covered by Chairlift, and the following year a full sister to Abbervail Dream was born. The full sister was an identitical picture of Mac, however she was two hands smaller. Known as Stella, she was a very talented jumper and campaigned successfully on the national circuit in England with Christopher Frazer, however her temperment was difficult and prevented her from reaching her full jumping potential.
 
Robert went ahead with his small breeding operation and at the age of 9, Stella moved to Ireland to Ard Cherrymount Stud, owned by Heather Wright, to begin her career as a broodmare. 

https://www.horsetelex.nl/horses/pedigree/580238
 
 
Abbervail Stella
Deciding to use Stella as a broodmare has proven to have been a golden decision. For the talent which was never quite utilised in the ring, her offspring have more then make up for it. Stella had a number of exciting jumpers. 
 
- Abbervail Lightning, by VDL Douglas and born in 2003, has jumped on the Dutch team at junior, young rider, and senior level and comepted successfully up to CSI4* level.
 - Full sister to Abbervai Lighting, Abbervail Amber was born in 2004 and is the splitting image of her mother. A versatile horse, who has results and many wins on the international circuit up to 1m50 classes. 
 - Okehurst Abbervail is by a Cassini stallion, born in 2007. As an 8 year old he jumped his first 1m50 GP in the main arena at Hickstead with Barry Drea in the saddle.
- Abbervail Diamant (Diamant de Semilly) born in 2009, jumped at Lanaken in the World Championships as a 7yr old, and jumped ranking classes during his 8yr old year.
- Abbervail Billy, (Billy Congo) born in 2010 competed successfully in YH classes in Europe before being sold to the USA. 
  
https://www.horsetelex.nl//horses/pedigree/1600552
Our future vision
Abbervail Equestrian is currently breeding with three mares, two of whom were campaigned up to 1m50 in the sport by Claudia. Abbervail Amber (Douglas x Chairlift) had a stunning black colt in 2017 via embryo transfer by Dominator Z (Diamant de Semilly x Cassini). Amber was a great mare for Claudia, and won classes all over Europe, and there are high hopes for her children. She gave birth to a lovely filly in 2018 by I'm Special de Muze and is expecting two foals in 2019 via embryo transfer (Harley & Diamant de Semilly).

Video Amber - De Warre CSI**

Dutch Abbervail Z
https://www.horsetelex.nl/horses/pedigree/1952932


It's Abbervail
https://www.horsetelex.nl/horses/pedigree/1988215/it-s-abbervail 



Veliana (Andiamo x Selim) is another mare campaigned by Claudia. Her jumping carreer ended early due to injury but not before jumping for Holland at junior and young rider level up to 1m50. In 2015 she had a lovely filly by Dallas VDL (Douglas x Sonette) and in 2017 she had another filly by Elvis ter Putte (Diamant de Semilly x Darco). Both mares are very lightfooted and eloquent. She is expecting a foal in 2019 by Harley VDL.

Video Veliana - Dutch YR competition

Damiana Abbervail Z 
https://www.horsetelex.nl/horses/pedigree/1952934

Elsie Abbervail Z
https://www.horsetelex.nl/horses/pedigree/1952933

Abbervail Rafferty  (Curtis x Chairlift) jumped age classes with Wout Vlemmix and competed up to 1m30 level. The decision was then made to continue with her as a breeding mare. She is expecting her first foal in 2019 by Herald.

Video Rafferty - Roosendaal CSI*

Another young prospect is Lancaster W (Glenfiddich VDL x Cassal). Bought from  the SELL foal auction in 2016, he is growing up to be a very charismatic young stallion. While his parents are young and unproven, there are a number of international jumpers from the family.

Lancaster W
https://www.horsetelex.nl/horses/pedigree/1854001