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Pieter Clemens to leave Ashford Farm

Thursday, 08 October 2015

Pieter Clemens and Enda Carroll. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Pieter Clemens and Enda Carroll. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

After over two years working for Enda Carroll at Ashford Farm, Pieter Clemens is preparing to leave and start a new chapter in his career. The decision has been made mutually between Carroll and Clemens, although it has not been an easy one. “Pieter is like family to me,” Enda says to World of Showjumping. “That is also why we together are looking into what would be the best when it comes to the next career step for Pieter.”

The 21-year-old Belgian rider has had great success while working at Ashford Farm; this year he won gold with the Belgian team at the European Championships for Young Riders on Quality II as well as taking home the win in the CSI2* Grand Prix in Treffen on Carinjo T.

“It has become quite hard to find top horses for all our riders here at Ashford. I have made the difficult decision to invest in less horses, but with higher quality - so that those horses we do have here all will be of that caliber that is necessary to make it into the very top of the sport. Naturally, the priorities will look a little different here in the future - with the main focus on Marlon and Angelica - and I will not be able to provide Pieter with the horses he needs to continue his career development,” Carroll continues.

Pieter Clemens holds all doors open at this stage, and does not want to rush into anything. “I want to take my time, and really think about the options. I would love to continue to do the sport internationally, and by holding all doors open I hope some good opportunities will come,” Pieter says to World of Showjumping. “I had a great time working here at Ashford Farm, I learned a lot - and I am very grateful for the chances that were given to me,” he closes off. 

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