The riders and horses that will represent TeamNL at the Tokyo Olympic Games are known. Yesterday, the Dutch Equestrian Federation, KNHS, officially nominated the combinations to the NOC*NSF. The delegation consists of four combinations for dressage and jumping and two combinations for eventing.

After the postponement of the Olympic Games and the additional restrictions as a result of the Rhinopneumonia-outbreak this spring, the preparations for these Olympic Games can be called anything but optimal. Fortunately, riders and horses have been able to compete at several major competitions in recent months, so that the necessary competition routine has been gained at the appropriate level.

Iris Boelhouwer, since last year technical director of the KNHS, is looking forward to the first Olympic Games in which she is involved in this position. “After CHIO Rotterdam went fantastic for our riders and horses, both the TeamNL dressage and showjumping teams came first, we can go to the Olympic Games with confidence. We are really looking forward to it and the coaches and riders will do everything they can to bring Rotterdam's form to Tokyo."

Bij het springen en dressuur bestaan de landenteams tijdens de Olympische Spelen uit drie combinaties. Naast de drie teamleden reist er  voor deze disciplines één reserve-combinatie mee. In de discipline eventing heeft Nederland twee individuele startplaatsen verworven. Lees hier meer over het format van de paardensport tijdens de Olympische Spelen.

In jumping and dressage, the Olympic teams consist of three combinations. In addition to the three team members, one reserve combination will also travel to Tokyo for these disciplines. In eventing, the Netherlands has acquired two individual starting places.


The dressage team, under team coach Alex van Silfhout, consists of only KWPN horses of which three KWPN approved stallions. He has chosen Dutch Champion Edward Gal with GLOCK's Total US, Hans Peter Minderhoud with GLOCK's Dream Boy N.O.P. and Marlies van Baalen with Go Legend DVB. Dinja van Liere will be the traveling reserve with Haute Couture. For Edward Gal, GLOCK's Toto Jr. N.O.P. also went into quarantine as his reserve horse.

National coach Rob Ehrens choose the TeamNL showjumping team consisting of Maikel van der Vleuten with Beauville Z, Marc Houtzager with Sterrehof's Dante N.O.P. and Harrie Smolders with Dolinn N.O.P.. Willem Greve is the traveling reserve with Zypria S N.O.P.. Harrie Smolders second horse, Bingo du Parc, is also quarantined as a reserve horse.

Two individual starting places were available for TeamNL in eventing. National coach Andrew Heffernan has appointed Merel Blom with The Quizmaster and KNHS Talent Team member Janneke Boonzaaijer with ACSI Champ de Tailleur.

See all the team members here below.


TeamNL Dressage

Edward Gal (Oosterbeek) - GLOCK’s Total US, reserve horse: GLOCK’s Toto JR. N.O.P.

Hans Peter Minderhoud (Oosterbeek) - GLOCK’s Dream Boy N.O.P.

Marlies van Baalen (Brakel) - Go Legend DVB

Travelling reserve:

Dinja van Liere (Uden) - Haute Couture


Non-travelling reserves (horses did go into quarantine):

Denise Nekeman (Hasselt) - Boston STH

Thamar Zweistra (Schore) - Hexagon’s Double Dutch


National Coach: Alex van Silfhout (Lunteren)


TeamNL Showjumping

Maikel van der Vleuten (Someren) - Beauville Z

Harrie Smolders (Lage Mierde) - Dolinn N.O.P., reserve horse: Bingo du Parc

Marc Houtzager (Rouveen) - Sterrehof’s Dante N.O.P.

Travelling reserve:

Willem Greve (Markelo) - Zypria S N.O.P.


Non-travelling reserves (horses will go into quarantine):

Bart Bles (Babberich) - Kriskras DV

Kevin Jochems (Sliedrecht) - Turbo Z


National Coach: Rob Ehrens (Weert)


TeamNL Eventing

Merel Blom (Aalten) - The Quizmaster

Janneke Boonzaaijer (Renswoude) - ACSI Champ de Tailleur


Non-travelling reserve (horse well be quarantined):

Elaine Pen (Voorschoten) - Divali


Bondscoach: Andrew Heffernan (Nantwich, GB)


Flying and quarantine

Before the horses fly from Liège airport directly to Tokyo, they are quarantined for a few days. Stables at the accommodation of the CHIO Aachen have been reserved for this. The horses can be trained by the riders during this period.

Not only the Dutch horses will be quarantined at Aachen, most of the horses that will soon travel to Tokyo from Liege are here and these horses will also travel together. There will be several flights per discipline. On their return to Europe, the horses can go directly to their own stable.

Programme Tokyo Olympic Games

See below the schedule for all equestrian disciplines at the Tokyo Olympics


Dressage – July 23th to 28th

Eventing – July 29th to august 2nd

Showjumping – August 3rd to 7th



Friday July 23 – Veterinary Inspection

Saturday July 24 – Grand Prix 1st part, 10:00 AM - 3:15 PM (*)

Sunday July 25, Grand Prix 2nd part, 10:00 AM - 3:15 PM

Monday  July 26– day of rest

Tuesday July27, Grand Prix Special final Nations Cup, 10:30 AM - 3:40 PM


Wednesday July 28, Freestyle to Music individual final, 10:30 AM - 2:25 PM

(*) Central European Time, in Tokyo it is 7 hours later.



Thursday 29 July, veterinary inspection (65 combinations)

Friday July 30, dressage 1st part, 1:00 - 4:00 and 10:30 - 13:55 (*)

Saturday  July 31, dressage 2nd part, 1:00 - 4:10 o'clock

Sunday August 1, cross-country, 12:30 AM - 4:00 AM

Monday August 2, veterinary inspection and jumping, 10:00 - 12:35 (team final and individual) and 13:45 - 14:45 (individual final, 25 combinations)

  (*) Central European Time, in Tokyo it is 7 hours later.



Saturday 31 July, veterinary inspection

Sunday August 1, training session

Tuesday, August 3, Individual Qualifier, 12:00 PM - 3:45 PM (*)

Wednesday August 4, individual final, 12:00 - 14:40

Thursday August 5, veterinary inspection

Friday, August 6, Qualifier Nations Cup, 12:00 - 15:05

Saturday August 7, final Nations Cup, 12:00 - 14:30


(*) Central European Time, in Tokyo it is 7 hours later.


Source: KNHS

Photo GLOCK's Total US: Dirk Caremans

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