Ludo Philippaerts

Ludo Philippaerts (born 22 June 1963) is a Belgian show jumping rider. He is a native of Genk, Limburg, Belgium.

Ludo Philippaerts
Personal information
Nationality Belgium
DisciplineShow jumping
Born (1963-06-22) 22 June 1963 (age 56)
Genk, Belgium
Height5.9 ft 7.8 in (2.00 m)
Weight176 lb (80 kg; 12 st 8 lb)


Philippaerts is a four-time Olympian. As an individual, he ranked 4th at both the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympic Games. In Athens, the Belgian team, of which he was a part, ranked 6th.[1] At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Philippaerts and his late champion horse, Darco, ranked 7th.[2]

Philippaerts won the 2008 FEI World Cup final in Mechelen, 26–30 December 2008.[3] At the 2006 FEI World Equestrian Games in Aachen, he had an individual rank of 9 and a team rank of 7. He competed at the World Equestrian Games twice before, in 1998 and 1990.[1]

He was the BP Cup Champion in Spruce Meadows in 2006[4] and the 2006 winner of the Global Champions Tour. In 2005, his fourth consecutive year of competition in the Show Jumping World Cup, Philippaerts ranked 9th.[1][5] He ranked 15th at the 1989 European Championships in Rotterdam.[6]


Philippaerts was born into an equestrian family. His brother, Johan Philippaerts, and his two older children are also show jumping riders.[7]

He and his wife Veronique have four children:[8]

  • Nicola and Olivier (twins), b.1993
  • Thibault, b.2001
  • Anthony, b.2003

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c Official FEI biography for Ludo Philippaerts[permanent dead link]
  2. ^ Crebin, Tess, "Shock for Showjumping World: Ludo Philippaerts' Darco dies in Belgium," The Virtual Equestrian online, 7 April 2006
  3. ^ "Comeback victory for Ludo Philippaerts at Mechelen World Cup," 31 December 2008
  4. ^ "Belgium and Britain battle it out in the BP Cup," Hunter Jumper News, 9 September 2006
  5. ^ ""Ludo Philippaerts of Belgium Takes an Early Lead in the First Leg of the FEI World cup Finals," Horses Daily news online, 21 April 2005". Archived from the original on 24 July 2008. Retrieved 23 September 2009.
  6. ^ Ludo Philippaerts and Darco
  7. ^ Biography for Nicolas and Olivier Philippaerts, from their father's official website
  8. ^ Official biography for Ludo Philippaerts, Just World International website Archived 20 May 2009 at the Wayback Machine

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