Belgium’s long-time top rider Dirk Demeersman will now stand as assistant Chef d’Equipe for Team Belgium. Kurt Gravemeier will be the acting Chef d’Equipe while Demeersman will assist. The Belgian Equestrian Federation has made a preliminary agreement with both Demeersman as Kurt Gravemeier. It will be during the Christmas jumping event in Mechelen this month, running from the 26th-30th of December, that the Belgian Federation hopes to reach a final agreement.
49-year-old Demeersman is replacing Jean-Paul Musette, who assisted Kurt Gravemeier since his appointment at the beginning of this year. Demeersman has represented Belgium at three Olympic Games, finishing just outside the Olympic podium in Athens in 2004, where he finished fourth aboard Clinton. That same year, Team Belgium finished sixth overall in the Olympic Team final. Dirk has also represented Belgium at two World Equestrian Games and three European Championships, finishing third with Team Belgium in 2010 at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky alongside Philippe Le Jeune, Jos Lansink and Judy-Ann Melchior.
According to the Royal Belgian Equestrian Federation, Demeersman will bring “a strong perspective and the drive to our National jumping at the highest possible level.”
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