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Diederik van Silfhout (born 20 April 1988 in Ede, Netherlands) is a Dutch Olympic dressage rider.[1] Representing the Netherlands, he competed at the 2016 Summer Olympics where he placed 4th in the team and 11th in the individual competitions.

Diederik van Silfhout
Personal information
Born (1988-04-20) April 20, 1988 (age 31)
Ede, Netherlands

Van Silfhout also competed at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France, where he won a team bronze medal and placed 9th in the freestyle dressage competition. He competed in Normandy as a late replacement for Danielle Heijkoop, who was forced to withdraw after her horse sustained injury.[2]

He also competed at the 2015 European Dressage Championships in Aachen where he won a gold medal in team dressage. The Dutch national dressage coach Wim Ernes died on 1 November 2016 due to a brain tumor. Van Silfhout, together with the other gold medal winners Patrick van der Meer, Edward Gal and Hans Peter Minderhoud, carried his coffin during the funeral on 5 November 2016.[3]

Personal bestsEdit

Personal bests as of March 2016
Event Score Horse Venue Date
Grand Prix 77.460 Arlando Amsterdam, Netherlands January 29, 2016
Grand Prix Special 77.098 Arlando Rotterdam, Netherlands June 20, 2015
Grand Prix Freestyle 82.750 Arlando Amsterdam, Netherlands January 30, 2016


  1. ^ "Diederik van Silfhout". Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  2. ^ "Dutch WEG Team Loses Undercover and Siro, Voice and Arlando In". eurodressage. 21 August 2014. Retrieved 31 December 2014.
  3. ^ "Gouden EK-team gaat de kist van overleden Ernes dragen - Sportnieuws". 2 November 2016.