Johan Rockx was born in 1963 in Lelperstraat Holland. He started out literally in his own back yard. At first he competed in Combined training and then later specialized in dressage.
His training included studying the warm-ups at big international competitions and then going home and with the help of a friend, Kinus Van Schilt on the ground, trying out the techniques he had seen being used. He has been a force to be contended with in Dutch dressage ever since, winning national titles and competing for Holland at international competitions throughout Europe.
Since 1994, he has been getting help from Penny and since 2000 also from Anky van Grunsven, but continues to do the majority of his training using his own ideas and feelings.
Johan's first international Grand Prix dressage horse, Dakota, was one he bred, raised and trained himself. Since then he has brought many horses through from the beginning to Grand Prix including four which he competed international Grand Prix Holland. He is currently on the Dutch "B" team with another self educated horse "Tango".
Penny Rockx was born in 1966 in Dunnville, Canada and has been living in Essen, Belguim since 1995.
Penny rode combined training and dressage with Sylvia Reeves and Major Anthony Rethy in Ferwick, Ontario.
She competed very successfully on the Canadian Young Riders Dressage team while training with Cindy and Neil Ishoy in Ontario from 1984 -1987. She continued her training in Germany with Herbert Rehbein from 1987 until 1989.
In 1989 she was the winner of the Intermediaire 1 Kur at the North American Championships on her horse Winsome and in 1990 and 1992 she was Canadian Grand Prix Champion on Winsome again. During the period of 1991 until 1993, she was getting assistance from Kenneth Dyrby of the USA and in 1993 she was North America Grand Prix Champion at the North American Challenge. She continued from 1993 until 1999 placing mostly in the top 5 placings at many CDI and CDI-W's throughout Europe. In 1994 she was 8th overall at the World Cup final in Gotheborg followed by four months of traiing with Kyra Kyrkland and then continued to 1997 be 7th overall at the World Cup final in Hertogenbosch.
Since 1994, Penny was getting help from Joahn Rockx and since 1998 also from Anky Van Grunsven.
Penny Rockx stopped competing in 1999 and began a family but is still very active in the sport through Johann and other students competing internationally from ponies right through to International Grand Prix.