Team Verwimp

Wim Verwimp

Wim was born in the 60’s and cannot imagine any other life than one with horses. He rode ponies as a child and then successfully switched to horses. He achieved excellent international results during his career. Nowadays, he is mainly active as instructor.

In 2000 Wim took part in the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses. He came 14th in the 6-year-old category with the horse VPS Melvin V (Flemmingh x Amor). One of his other top horses was Maxwill V (Goodwill x Dageraad). He competed in two European Dressage Championships with Maxwill V. In 2007 they achieved a 12th place with the team (La Mandria) and in 2009 an 8th place (Windsor, Great Britain). They competed together from 2007 until 2009 inclusive.

He then achieved good results with Neversfelde Feuer (Flemmingh x Cocktail). The horse however fell just short of making an international debut so daughter Jorinde took over the reins in 2012. That was not without success; the new combination won the Grand Prix in Diepenbeek with a score of 64.57%. Jorinde was 17 years old at the time.

One of his latest top horses is Pari Lani (Solos Landtinus x Fanal Prydsholm) with whom he formed a partnership from 2012 until 2014 inclusive. He won several gold medals (including Compiegne, 2013) with Pari Lani. In Jeneffe the combination rode a score of 67.92% and thus took the top place on the podium.

Jorinde Verwimp

Jorinde’s love of horses does not come as a surprise. The equestrian family Verwimp has loved horses since the 12th Century. Her father, Wim Verwimp, was successful as an international dressage rider and Jorinde has always had the same ambition. As a child she was always to be found on the yard and it wasn’t long before the little one had a pony under her. After a successful pony career she moved on to horses. Her career has been very fruitful, as since 2016 the young rider can call herself an Olympian, at just 21 years of age. From 2012 until her participation in Rio, Jorinde worked as a stable rider for Anky van Grunsven. Under her guidance she made a successful transition to Grand Prix with Tiamo.

The highlight of Jorinde’s career is without doubt her participation in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro (2016). Together with top horse Tiamo (Lester x Hemmingway) she travelled as sole Belgian rider to far-away Brazil. They rode a good score of 70.771% which earned them a very respectable 35th place. The combination has achieved high scores. They scored 75.325% in Aachen (July 2016) and 75.275% in the Grand Prix in Mechelen (December 2015).

As well as Tiamo she also competes the good-looking Wendor (Kennedy x Iglesias). This combination is competing at Intermediaire I and Prix St. George level. This year they have achieved many scores in the 70% such as the 71.075% in Compiègne (Intermediaire I, Kür) and the 72.750% in Nice (Intermediaire I, Kür). They were also part of the Belgian selection for Achen in the four star category.

With Arie Sollenburg (Olivi x Ferro) Jorinde participated in CHIO Aachen, where they were rewarded with the eighth place! During the CDI3* in Waregem, they scored percentages of 72.9% and 70.76% in the Prix St. Georges, with which they became third twice. In the Freestyle they managed to achieve a percentage of 73.3%, where they also became third. In addition, the duo is preparing for their debut in the Grand Prix.

Jorinde also shows up in the arena with Cape Town and Kastar Hof ter Zeedycke D’12 (Game-Boy D’10 x Bonheur) . With Cape Town (Conteur x Calambo) she has performed in the Small Tour, where they are already rewarded with multiple 69+ scores. With Kastar she became the Belgian Champion in the seven-years-old category in 2017.

Annemik Vleugels

30-year-old Annemik Vleugels has been working as a stable rider at Dressuurstal Verwimp for more than five years. In addition to her work, she is also active in sports with her own horse Havidoff. The combination is now successful at Level 4 and hopes to make the switch to the Small Tour soon.

Tom Franckx

Contrary to many dressage riders Tom Franckx did not grow up in an equestrian family. Tom’s first riding lesson was thanks to his cousin who gave him a lesson as a birthday present. Once it became obvious that he was an exceptionally talented rider, his parents sponsored him the pony Hopje. As a result, Tom had a good start in the junior categories. When he later pursued his career with the horse Doncaster, his father Jan acquired his love of horses. Jan bought a brood mare and many of the horses bred by him have been competed by Tom. In addition to his successful performances in dressage with his own horses, he also presented Joop van Uytert’s stallions at stallion shows and competitions (including Bon Bravour, by Painted Black).

Tom is at our yard two or three times a week for instruction from Wim. One of the horses he is successfully competing is the gelding Evento D(Rubiquil x Goodtimes). The combination attracted attention when they won the Belgian Cup in the 6-year-olds category in 2015, with a score of 77.60%. This was not the first time for Tom; he also won the Belgian Cup in 2013, in the 5-year-olds category, with I.P.S. Dolcherie (Painted Black x Krack C).

The talented rider has competed in the World Championships for Young Dressage Horses several times. In 2011 he was reserve champion with Bon Bravour in the 5-year-olds category. He was also reserve champion with Bon Bravour in the Pavo Cup and in 2012 they won the finals of the KWPN stallion competition. In 2013 he took part in the World Championships with Dolcherie, where he finished in 5th place. In 2014 he finished in 4th place during the World Championships with Dolores van de Kwikaard. In 2015 he rode Evento D in the World Championships, where they finished 16th.

With I.P.S. Just Wait (Jazz x Quarterback) he rode a score of 76.55% during the 5-year-olds competition in Diepenbeek in April 2016, good for third place. With Dolores van de Kwikaard (Zucchero x Royal Dance) he rode a score of 71.368% in 2016 in the Prix St. George in Lier. This combination was second in 2014 in the Belgian Championship for 6-year-olds. In March 2016 he achieved a good score of 68.905% with Borsato (by Belissimo M) in the Intermediaire B. During the Flanders Dressage Event in 2016 Tom finished in fifth place on Borsato, with 66.300% in the Grand Prix. He won gold during the Flanders Dressage Event (2016) with Ferentino in the Prix St. George, with a score of 68.395%.

Emma Driesen

The 18-year-old rider Emma Driesen is this year with her horse Gelinia van Kairos in her last Junior year. At the moment, the combination is already preparing for the big step towards the Young Riders they will make next year.

Louise Brauwers

Louise Brauwers is a 17-year-old rider and her two horses, Esprit and Count Donnerhall, are hard at work on their way to the highest dressage level. At the beginning of 2020 she also made the switch to the Juniors with both horses.

Diete Vos

The 25-year-old rider Diete Vos is a student of Wim. With her horses Dandy L and Diamo she is working hard on the way to the higher level.

Matthias Dieltjens

Matthias Dieltjens is a 21-year-old rider who currently starts at the Young Rider level with Dispar Voulgo and Kalahari. Considering his age, this is his last year with the Young Riders and he is already preparing for the switch to the Small Tour.

Yinthe van de Ven

Yinthe van de Ven, 19, is an intern at Dressage Stable Verwimp. In addition to her internship, she also trains with her 7-year-old gelding Nolimit at Jorinde. The combination hopes to make the switch to the Young Riders soon.

Ruut Pasgang

The 26-year-old rider Ruut Pasgang is well on the way to achieving top results under the guidance of Jorinde. With her 6-year-old James Pleasure she will soon make the transition to level 4. With her Limited Edition Begijnhoeve she will soon appear in the 4-year categories.

Veronique Philippaerts-Engelen

Veronique is in training by Jorinde Verwimp. Together with the talented black Kennedy gelding Wendor she competes at Intermediaire I level. Wendor was previously successfully brought out by Jorinde herself so that he could gain some competition experience.

Wendor and Veronique are now putting down good results in dressage. In March 2018 they became eighth in the CDI4* Intermediare I in Lier with a score of 66.676%. During CDI Compiègne 2018 they scored almost 70% in the Freestyle.

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