Dutch Equestrian Federation Announces Team for 2022 FEI World Championships in Herning

Amsterdam, The Netherlands – July 20, 2022 – The Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS) and Chef d’Equipe Jos Lansink have annnounced the Dutch showjumping team for the upcoming 2022 ECCO FEI World Championships, from the 6th to the 14th of August, in Herning, Denmark.

The following combinations have been selected to represent the Ruiters in Orange at the World Championships:

Willem Greve (NED) & Grandorado TN (stallion, KWPN, 2011, bay, s.Eldorado vd Zeshoek)
Owner: Willem Greve Sportpaarden B.V. & Team Nijhof

Harrie Smolders (NED) & Monaco ( Gelding, Holsteiner, bay, 2009, v. Cassini II)
Owner: Evergate Stables LLC

Reserve horse
Darry Lou
(stallion, KWPN, chestnut, 2008, by Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve)
Owner: Evergate Stables LLC and Nayel Nassar

Sanne Thijssen (NED) & Con Quidam RB (stallion, Holstein, bay, 2006, s.Quinar)
Owner: Stal Thijssen BV

Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) & Beauville Z (Moe, Zangersheide, bay, 2010, s.Bustique)
Owner: Marta Ortega-Perez and Springstal Van der Vleuten

Traveling Reserve
Jur Vrieling (NED) & Long John Silver 3 ( Gelding, Holst, gray, 2012, v. Lasino)
Owner: SF Equestrian BV

First Reserve
Hessel Hoekstra
(NED) & Icon VDL (stallion, bay, 2013, v. Bubalu VDL)
Owner: Stal Wiefferink

Team veterinary Frank Hoeck and Willem Verhaeghe

National coach Jos Lansink (BEL) has already achieved great results with his team this year, and knows the strengths within show jumping like no other. The Chef d’Equipe made the following statement regarding the team’s expectations in regards to the major event:

“Of course we are going for a podium place, but the most important thing is qualifying for the Paris Olympics. For that we have to finish in the top five countries (excluding France). There are six or seven very strong teams right now and anything is possible. We are in shape, but in a championship it should not be too bad.”

In jumping, five combinations may travel to Herning, four of which will start for the team and in the World Cup. The fifth/reserve combination will start in the CSI 3* competition that is on the program next to the World Cup classes. Willem Greve, Harrie Smolders, Maikel van der Vleuten and Sanne Thijssen will defend the Dutch tricolor in Herning. Jur Vrieling is traveling reserve, first reserve is Hessel Hoekstra.

Source: Press Release from KNHS – Dutch Equestrian Federation

Photo: © FEI / Łukasz Kowalski