Douwe Dokter

I first met Douwe and his wife Naomi on my first trip to Stoneleigh.  He was one of the judges that year and understandably quite busy. So while we made plans to do the interview then, it didn’t work out.

I first met Douwe and his wife Naomi on my first trip to Stoneleigh.  He was one of the judges that year and understandably quite busy. So while we made plans to do the interview then, it didn’t work out. Last year, however, Douwe was back, but this time as part of the Dutch team and he had a little bit more time, so he made it happen. You’ll hear us briefly allude to it in the conversation, but there is a great story that exemplifies how tough and determined Douwe is as a competitor. 

Through Danny Bennett’s military-like leadership as the chief steward, he might have even been in the military now that I think of it, the volunteers worked diligently to get the competition arena set up early on the afternoon before so the teams could practice. Team Holland was one of the first to arrive and take advantage of this.

Douwe was building a shoe with a striker and something went wrong with the rhythm, causing his hammer to recoil off the sledgehammer and hit him right in the face below the eye. I just happened to be watching as it occurred. Everyone stopped and held their breath. Douwe’s striker looked horrified. Douwe touched his face and asked, Is there blood?

His partner shook his head and said no. And Douwe said, “Okay, good. Let’s go” and carried on. Needless to say, if I ever end up in a bar fight, I hope this man is on my side.  During our conversation, we touched on several topics, including how he and his wife Naomi run two separate shoeing businesses, where they specialize in different areas and use different shoeing techniques. We talk about their bad run of luck after the previous year’s Stoneleigh with a house fire, and we talk about his unique side hustle that brought him to North America long before he started competing on this side of the pond.  Anyway, it’s always a pleasure to run into this man and I’m glad we were able to do this.

I hope you enjoy the conversation as much as I did.

Douwe Dokter

I first met Douwe and his wife Naomi on my first trip to Stoneleigh.  He was one of the judges that year and understandably quite busy. So while we made plans to do the interview then, it didn’t work out.

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