Rider of the Week: Niels Bruynseels

Niels Bruynseels Ph. ©Tiffany Van Halle

The Rolex Grand Prixs are considered to be some of, if not the most challenging classes in the world of show jumping. To win one is unarguably an impressive and noteworthy accomplishment.

Sure, luck plays its role, but victory in a major of the Grand Slam series is no accident. If careful planning, preparation, and a desire to kick some some serious butt results in a win, you’ve issued a declarative statement that no top-level competitor can ignore.

As a 2017 European Champion senior team member for Belgium and currently ranked among the World Top 15, Niels Bruynseels was already a known name at the top level of the sport. However, his performance in Sunday’s Rolex Grand Slam Grand Prix at The Dutch Masters-Indoor Brabant CSI5* put him on the map in a whole new way.

Niels Bruynseels & Gancia de Muze Ph. ©Tiffany Van Halle

“This has to be one of my biggest victories, I don’t even have the words to say how much it means to me,” an ecstatic Bruynseels told the team at The Dutch Masters after his win Sunday in ‘s-Hertogenbosch. “This show has always been great but the support of Rolex has made it even better and it is an honor for me to come here and compete against the best riders in the world. The atmosphere in the arena was incredible, it was a very special moment for me.”

Rolex Grand Slam’s social media campaign employs the hashtags #JumpintoHistory and #TimeforLegends, both of which seem extremely fitting for Bruynseels’ present status. He’s the newest contender of Rolex Grand Slam but he’ll also forever be recognized as the first winner of the inaugural fourth leg of the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping at the 2018 Dutch Masters.

Next stop is CHIO Aachen, and its July 13th start date will be here before we know it. Bruynseels’ Grand Slam journey has officially begun and thus, his strategy to claim a second consecutive win of the series is now in full effect.

“The Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping is the biggest prize in our sport and I hope I can come to Germany in July and repeat what I have achieved [in ’s-Hertogenbosch].”

See you in Aachen, Niels! #BecomeALegend

Source: The Dutch Masters

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