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