Hi, we are Dirk and Brigitte, married for almost 20 years. We are belgian, dutch speaking by native language but also speak French, English. Also German and some Spanish. We live and work in the North of France since 1996. The company is near the house. It's on old country house with a large garden in quiet surroundings, and no direct neighbour next-door, which is nice when in summertime you want to turn the music up with a barbecue or party. The company we manage produces tail lifts. (mainly CNC machines, welding robots, assembly areas, etc...)
We always had animals on the site in France : Alpacas, donkeys, dromedaries, parrots, fish, dogs and cats but our great passion is American Miniature horses. They are very small (about 34" adult age). You cannot ride them but there are many possibilities : driving in a cart (they can pull up to 300kg) free jumping, obstacle halter and obstacle driving, etc...We are going to several shows (Belgium, Netherlands, France and England) with a few horses and doing well in the European circuit. And we will have two foals for 2016. This period is always very exciting, because unlike big horses, you really should be around to give them a hand in case something goes wrong. We are both engaged in the AMHF (American Miniature Horse Friends) board and each year (2016 will be the 4th time) we organize the AMHR European Nationals. A lot of work and preparation. Searching for sponsors, trophies,ribbons, location, gifts, .....
We live about 3 hours from Paris by car, 2 hours from Antwerp, 1 hour from Brugge and half an hour from the seaside. We each have a son, one living in Poland and the other living in Belgium. Dirk loves photography. We also love music and dancing. 10 years ago, we took salsa lessons, but forgot a lot of this unfortunately ....
Help with Computers/ Internet
The person should have some experience with horses and should love animals. Some training of the horses and grooming (you cannot ride them) they are only 34" tall maximum. If you have special skills with horses, great. preparations of the show (depending on the season) help with the update of our website. If you like, some gardening.
Photography, lay-out website and advertisements. Housesitting when we are away from home.
a room in the house, with bathroom.
as for time off : at 45 minutes from Calais you can easily visit London. if History is your thing, you can visit the beaches in Normandy and visit Ypres if you want to learn more about the second World War. You have a lot of cultural events in most of the Belgian cities like Kortrijk, Antwerp, Brussels, Oostende etc....
we have no experience in this system. We work and live together 24/24, 7/7. We like the peace and quiet of our home, but we also like music and dancing, a good movie,...
Limited internet access
We have pets
We are smokers
Can host families
Maximum 4-5 hours a day, 5 days a week