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In brief – Peter Bastijns

We look into the career of Peter Bastijns in this edition of ‘In brief’.

Peter BastijnsPeter Bastijns was born in Lubbeek, Vlaams Brabant in Belgium on 6 June 1967.

He started riding ponies before he could walk and then moved towards horses. But Peter’s dad had other plans for his son: he wanted him to become an athlete, which meant training, training and training.

Peter proved to be naturally talented and finished at the top in many different national championships in his age category.
His passion towards horses was too big and he would and should ride them.

Peter BastijnsAs a teenager, he spent all his free time with horse traders to prepare horses for sale. He competed in dressage and jumping at national level, and at a later stage he started with eventing, which is still his big love. He has competed in this category at national level.

In 2006 he moved to Spain and bid goodbye to eventing under the pressure of his family (since they consider eventing too dangerous).
He owns Vall de Cavall, a stable (including hotel and restaurant) with around 60 ‘guest horses’ whom Peter and his team look after and also ride with when requested. There is also a riding school mostly for dressage.

In 2008 he turned towards endurance. He races his own horses and occasionally he rides friends’ horses. He carries out all the training himself, with the assistance of a lady who stays behind when the stable is attending races.

Peter is convinced that being in Spain is good for endurance riding, with a race every two weeks and the opportunity to race against the best in the world.

“We realise that after eight years doing endurance it’s something completely different than, for example, eventing. Different horses, different training, and different nutrition too so we’re learning every day.”

Peter BastijnsPeter’s achievements include:
2014: Third place in Belgian National Championship in Mont le Soie.
2015: Belgian National Champion in Mont le Soie.
Second place with the Belgian Team in the Nations Cup in Fontainebleau.
2016: Second place in Belgian National Championship in Brussels.
Permanent member of the Belgian team for three years.
Several top results in Spain and Portugal.

His favourite memory is achieving 20th place in the WEC in France in Normandy.


FEI Profile: Peter Bastijns

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In brief – Peter Bastijns

We look into the career of Peter Bastijns in this edition of ‘In brief’.

Peter BastijnsPeter Bastijns was born in Lubbeek, Vlaams Brabant in Belgium on 6 June 1967.

He started riding ponies before he could walk and then moved towards horses. But Peter’s dad had other plans for his son: he wanted him to become an athlete, which meant training, training and training.

Peter proved to be naturally talented and finished at the top in many different national championships in his age category.
His passion towards horses was too big and he would and should ride them.

Peter BastijnsAs a teenager, he spent all his free time with horse traders to prepare horses for sale. He competed in dressage and jumping at national level, and at a later stage he started with eventing, which is still his big love. He has competed in this category at national level.

In 2006 he moved to Spain and bid goodbye to eventing under the pressure of his family (since they consider eventing too dangerous).
He owns Vall de Cavall, a stable (including hotel and restaurant) with around 60 ‘guest horses’ whom Peter and his team look after and also ride with when requested. There is also a riding school mostly for dressage.

In 2008 he turned towards endurance. He races his own horses and occasionally he rides friends’ horses. He carries out all the training himself, with the assistance of a lady who stays behind when the stable is attending races.

Peter is convinced that being in Spain is good for endurance riding, with a race every two weeks and the opportunity to race against the best in the world.

“We realise that after eight years doing endurance it’s something completely different than, for example, eventing. Different horses, different training, and different nutrition too so we’re learning every day.”

Peter BastijnsPeter’s achievements include:
2014: Third place in Belgian National Championship in Mont le Soie.
2015: Belgian National Champion in Mont le Soie.
Second place with the Belgian Team in the Nations Cup in Fontainebleau.
2016: Second place in Belgian National Championship in Brussels.
Permanent member of the Belgian team for three years.
Several top results in Spain and Portugal.

His favourite memory is achieving 20th place in the WEC in France in Normandy.


FEI Profile: Peter Bastijns

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