Olivier Philippaerts

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Olivier Philippaerts
Medal table
Olivier Philippaerts bei der Göteborg Horse show 2016
Olivier Philippaerts at the Gothenburg Horse show 2016

Show Jumping

BelgiumBelgien Belgium
European Championships
Gold 2010 in Jardy Show Jumping, Individual, Junior
(with Carisma)
Gold 2011 in Comporta Show Jumping, Team, Young Riders
Belgian Championships
Gold 2005 Show Jumping, Individual, Pony Rider
Silver 2008 in Pottes Show Jumping, Individual, Junior
(with Watteau van de Bekput)

Olivier Philippaerts (born 30 July 1993 in Genk, Limburg) is a Belgian show jumper.


In 2005 he became Belgian Pony Champion and competed at the European Championships. In 2008 he won silver at the Belgian Junior Championships and finished eighth at the European Championships. In 2009 he finished fourth in the Grand Prix of Valencia, a CSI**.

Olivier Philippaerts became European junior champion in Jardy, France, in 2010.[1] At the 2011 European Championships in Comporta, he won team gold in the Young Riders with his brother Nicola.[2] At the 2011 Belgian Equestrian Championships at Zangersheide Stud, he finished fifth with Cabrio van de Heffinck.[3] In May 2012 he finished third in the Nations Cup of Rome as a team with his father, his brother and Jos Lansink.

Due to his successes, he was nominated as an alternate rider for the 2012 Olympics with Cabrio van de Heffink.[4] Just over a month after the Olympics, he achieved his greatest ever individual success in international show jumping with Cabrio van de He ffink: he became the youngest ever winner of the $1,000,000 Canadian Grand Prix at the CSIO 5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’.[5][6]

In the summer of 2016, he was ranked 22nd in the world.


Olivier Philippaerts comes from a riding family, his father is the internationally successful show jumper Ludo Philippaerts. His twin brother Nicola Philippaerts also rides internationally. His two younger brothers Thibault and Anthony Philippaerts ride pony show jumping competitions. His mother Veronique is known as a Belgian dressage rider. He lives with his parents and his three brothers on the family owned riding facility in Meeuwen-Gruitrode.

Horses (extract)

  • Cabrio van de Heffinck (* 2002), Holstein grey stallion, sire: Cassini I, dam’s sire: Calato
  • Cooper van de Heffinck, (* 2004), Holsteiner, bay stallion, Caretino x Landlord
  • Chicago van het Moleneind, (* 2002), Belgian Warmblood, dark bay gelding, Kashmir by/h Schuttershof x Darco x Codexco x Farao de Guldenboom
  • Rebel de Boilly (* 2005), Selle Français, chestnut stallion, sire: Calvaro, dam’s sire: Rodeo de Baussy, owner: Van Den Bosch Paul & Bruyninx Guido
  • Legend of Love (* 2006), German sport horse grey mare, sire: Landzauber, dam: Waldperle by Corgraf.
former show horses:
  • Splendid van de Heffinck (* 1995), Belgian Warmblood, chestnut gelding, sire: Heartbreaker, as of 2008
  • Carisma (* 1999), bay mare, sire: Cardento, dam’s sire: Maraton 600, ridden by Emilie Martinsen until 2010.
  • Sjoeke, (* 1999), KWPN, bay mare, Calvados x Voltaire x Jasper x Nimmerdor
  • Watteau II (previously Watteau van de Bekput) (* 1999), Belgian warmblood grey stallion, sire: Palestro van de Beguijnakker, dam’s sire: Skippy II,
  • Beckham van’t Paradijs (* 2001), Belgian Warmblood, grey gelding, dam’s sire: Capital
  • Chamonix H (* 2001), Swedish warmblood, dark bay mare, sire: Caletto II, dam: Carnute


Championships and World Cup

  • European Championships:
    • 2007, Freudenberg: 4th place with the team and 33rd place in the individual (pony riders), with Jazz de Rhonon
    • 2008: 8th place in singles (juniors)
    • 2009, Hoofddorp: 7th place with the team and 8th place in the individual (juniors), with Splendid van de Heffink
    • 2010, Jardy: 1st place in singles (juniors)
    • 2011, Comporta: 1st place with the team and 13th place in the individual (young riders), with Cabrio van de Heffinck
  • belgian championships:
    • 2005: 1st place (pony riders)
    • 2008: 2nd place (juniors)
    • 2011, Lanaken: 5th place, with Cabrio van de Heffinck

Further successes (selection)

  • 2009: 4th place in the Grand Prix of Valencia (CSI**)
  • 2012: 3rd place in the Rome Nations Cup, 1st place in the Grand Prix of the CSIO 5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ with Cabrio van de Heffinck

Web links

Individual references

  1. European Young Jumping Championships: Even more precious metal in Jardy (2010)
  2. European Young Jumpers Championships Comporta: Team Gold for Belgium’s Young Jumpers (2011)
  3. Belgian Show Jumping Championship (Riders) 2011
  4. The Belgian Olympic Team announced(Memento of the Originals october 7, 2012 on the Internet Archive) Info:The archive linkwas inserted automatically and not yet checked. Please check original and archive link according to instructions and then remove this note.@1@2Template:Webachiv/IABot/, 6 July 2012 (English)
  5. Result CN International, CSIO 5* Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ 2012 (PDF; 43 kB)
  6. Yougest Rider in History Wins the CN International (9/2012)