Joop Stokkel

Joop Stokkel (born 11 April 1967 in Aalsmeerderbrug) is a Dutch Paralympian and one of the leading equestrians with a physical challenge, in the world.

Joop Stokkel
Personal information
Born11 April 1967 (1967-04-11) (age 54)
Aalsmeerderbrug, Netherlands
WebsiteJoopStokkel.nl
Medal record
Para equestrian
Representing  Netherlands
Paralympic Games
Gold medal – first place 2000 Sydney Mixed dressage Championship grade II
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Mixed dressage Freestyle grade II
Silver medal – second place 2000 Sydney Mixed dressage team open
Silver medal – second place 2004 Athens Individual championship test grade II
Bronze medal – third place 1996 Atlanta Dressage grade III
Bronze medal – third place 2004 Athens Team dressage

Stokkel suffered an accident at the age of seven causing him to lose his entire right arm and left leg. Despite the injury, he went on to start riding at the age of 15. Primarily a demonstration sport in the Netherlands prior to 1990, he participated in the first international competition in 1991, placing seventh.[1] Stokkel earned the title of overall champion at the 1998 World Riding for Disabled Championships at Hartpury, England.[2][3]

Stokkel began his athletic career as a swimmer, having first represented the Netherlands at the 1988 Seoul Paralympics, winning two golds and a silver. He later won four Dutch National Championships as well as three golds and two silvers at the 1992 Barcelona Paralympics. He received Dutch Knighthood the same year.[4][5]

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