Nicola Philippaerts and his twin brother Olivier Philippaerts at Spruce Meadows for the 2012 Masters
Belgium has officially announced their European Championship Team for exciting event, to be hosted in Herning, Denmark next month. The Chef d’Equipe Kurt Gravemeier announced that the team will consist of father-son combination Ludo Philippaerts and Nicola Philippaerts as well as Dirk Demeersman and Judy Ann Melchior. The young Jos Verlooy will be the reserve rider.
“I think I have found a good balance between experienced and young riders. With Ludo Philippaerts and Dirk Demeersman we have experience, Judy Ann Melchior is an excellent rider and has a good horse. Then there are Nicola Philippaerts and Jos Verlooy. The latter may be a surprise, but he performed very strongly in the recent weeks at Spruce Meadows. Nicola Philippaerts is another young rider who knows how to keep cool under every circumstances. We need young riders and I believe in them!” Kurt Gravemeier explains.