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Completing a tale of family pride

May 2016: Anthony, the youngest of the Philippaerts dynasty, wins two medals at the Belgian Championships in Neeroeteren. And he does it in a single day! It’s a major milestone for the family, and according to Ludo, ‘a dream come true.’ There’s no doubting this: his four sons are winning prizes in equestrian sports at the same time.

By chance, it’s also Mother’s Day. Mother, Veronique, who has been accompanying the boys to tournaments for years, is watching from the sidelines and also sees her son Thibault take a place on the podium. Anthony’s reaction for the press is glowing with family pride: ‘Working with my brother to give my mother three medals for Mother’s Day ... That’s truly something special!’

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A resolute rider

Anthony followed in the footsteps of his brothers: he pulled himself into the saddle at the Landelijke Rijvereniging (the national association for horse riders in Belgium). His idols? Nicola and Olivier. And many footballers too: goalkeeping is Anthony’s second love. Still, after his powerful performance at the international jumping competitions, he resolutely opts for horses.

In 2016, the youngest Philippaerts makes the move from ponies to horses. At the Belgian Championships, he finds himself in the winners’ circle with two horses: Roberlina for a bronze and silver with Esprit van de Wellington.

In 2017, with help from Goofy van ’t Laerhof, Anthony proves himself once again at the Belgian Championships (bronze) and scores the silver medal at the European Team Championships in Samorin, Slovakia.

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Anthony & All Right du Genet - Grand Prix U25 - Jumping Mechelen 2019
Anthony & All Right du Genet - Grand Prix U25 - Jumping Mechelen 2019

Anthony & All Right du Genet - Grand Prix U25 - Jumping Mechelen 2019

Anthony demonstrates talent

Anthony seems to genuinely take after his dad. In 2018, Anthony hits the top 3 no less than 22 times. This is a rather impressive achievement, realizing that he combines his starting career in sports with school life. Most of his earned podiums this year he shares with Happy Feet Max, daughter of dad’s winning horse Darco. He starts his medal series in March, in Gorla Minore, Italy, with Happy Feet Max and Northern Light and finishes at Jumping Maastricht in November, together with All Right du Genet and Insolente des Dix Bonniers. 

In between, he also shines on the podium in his own country. During the Youth festival in Lier, he gets a silver medal at the Great Prize, with Goofy v/h Laerhof. At the Summer Circuit in Knokke he takes silver at the Great Prize (CSI 1*) and during the CSI Youth in November in the Sentower Park he decisively aims for gold at the Great Prize CSIJ, with Forever D’Arco.