‘Just Enjoy It’: A Day in the Life of Nicola Philippaerts

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or 25-year-old Belgian rider Nicola Philippaerts, show jumping is in his DNA. His father, Ludo Philippaerts, enjoyed a long, illustrious career competing at four Olympic Games and three World Equestrian Games. While Ludo no longer rides competitively, his four sons – twin brothers Nicola and Olivier, Anthony, and Thibault – carry on the family name in the jumping arena.

Nicola dabbled in more traditional kid sports, but by age 6 he was committed to riding. He had a wildly successful junior career and now represents the family business on the world stage. This year, he rode H&M Chilli Willi to 22nd place individually at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, N.C. and earlier this month helped propel Belgium to the top