Ben Oostdam story # 7

Horseback riding
with the Nationale Handelsbank

At least once a week, we had to take lessons in horseback riding at the "Manege" next to the Amsterdam "Vondelpark". This was from 06:00 to 07:00, and one could earn "brownie points" by going more than once a week.
The gentleman in charge of the Executive Training Program, Mr. Moll, was very ambitious, conscientious and hard-working,and tried to instill these habits in his disciples, too.
Thus, one would receive reminders by telegram:

Unfortunately, there were no shower facilities at the "Manege", so I had to leave my house at 05:00 in the morning to be in time for the lesson, get sweaty all over and back on my bike on to the Bank, where from 08:00 to 18:00 - except one hour for lunch - I would favor my colleagues with my pungent horse smell ....
And that was usually not the end of it,because from 19:00 to 22:00 we had our evening class;so it was only just before midnight - after biking back home -that I had the chance to wash.
Anyhow, this was in Holland in those good old days when there were no deodorants and people bathed and changed clothes once a week...

We also participated in elaborate "demos" and occasionally
bused out to the "Ginckel" on summer evenings to ride through forest, heather and "Zuyderzee-surf".

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