In 1993, the year that Ludo Philippaerts took leave from the super-stallion Darco, two new winners came to light. Not foals, but riders in the making: the twins Nicola and Olivier.
The boys were destined for the equestrian environment from the beginning. And Ludo wouldn’t be Ludo if he didn’t have ponies running around the property for the sake of his boys. Still, nothing was forced: Ludo and Veronique gave their eldest sons every freedom in choosing their own paths. Olivier and Nicola gave football, tennis and swimming a try, but by age six, it was clear the horse-riding bug had bitten them. Nicola became a member of the Landelijke Rijverenigingen (LRV), the national horse riding association, just like his father before him.