Today we present our third Olympic team - and this time it is Belgium's turn. The German and the British team have already been presented, and you can click here to access our Olympics 2012 section to read more about these teams. The Belgian team consits of Philippe Le Jeune, Jos Lansink, Dirk Demeersman and Gregory Wathelet.
Philippe Le Jeune is reigning World Champion with Vigo d'Arsouilles that will also be his partner for the Olympics. Philippe was born on the 15th of June 1960 and started competing when he was 12. In 1982 Philippe rode for his country for the first time.
Vigo d'Arsouilles was born in 1998 in Belgium and is a BWP stallion by Nabab de Reve x Fleuri du Manoir. Vigo was bred by Viaene Didier and is owned by Joris de Brabander from Stal de Muze.
Jos Lansink was born on the 19th of March 1961 in the Netherlands and he will now do his seventh Olympics. Jos has done four Olympics for the Netherlands and two for Belgium after he changed his nationality in 2001. At the World Equestrian Games in Aachen 2006, Jos and the stallion Cumano ended on top of the list and at the Europeans the year after he won the silver medal.
Jos will ride Valentina van't Heike in London, a 14 year old Belgian chestnut mare. Valentina is after the same sire as Vigo - Nabab de Reve, with Lys de Darmen on her mother's side. Valentina is bred by Karel Boonen. The owner is Jos Lansink Horse Bvba.
Dirk Demeersman started to compete in 1972, when he was eight years old and got in the national team 1976. Dirk will ride Bufero vh Panishof, a 11 year old stallion by Parco x Polidictus. The stallion is bred and owned by Jurgen and John Panis. The couple competed at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 where the Belgian team won the team bronze medal.
Gregory Wathelet is the youngest rider on the team with his 32 years, having his birthday on the 10th of September. Gregory will have his Olympic debut in London, but was competing at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen in 2006, at the European Championship in Mannheim in 2007 and at the Europeans in Madrid in 2011. In Mannheim Wathelet rode Lantinus, that is now seen under Denis Lynch. In Madrid he competed Copin van de Broy, now ridden by Marcus Ehning.
In London Gregory will be seen riding Citizenguard Cadjanine Z, a ten year old mare. Cadjanine is bred by Pol Brison, and is owned by Alain van Campenhout. Canabis Z is the father and Feinschnitt I Z the grandfather.
Philippe Guerdat, father of the Swizz rider Steve Guerdat, is Chef d'Equipe for the Belgian team. Guerdat rode at the Olympic Games in Los Angeles and Seoul.
Source: Road to London - Belgian Equestrian Team
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