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Gregory WATHELET is a Belgian athlete and competes in Jumping.

Name Gregory WATHELET
FEI ID 10001505
Gender Male
Date of Birth 10/09/1980
Competing for Belgium - BEL
Registration Jumping 2017
Last update 30/12/2016
FEI Database

Jumping 70x70
General Interest
Nicknames Greg (, 21 Sep 2005)
Hobbies Go karting, playing computer games. (, 04 Dec 2016)
Most influential person in career His parents, Swiss coach Philippe Guerdat. (, 25 Mar 2014)
Injuries In March 2013 he injured his wrist in a fall at an event in Vejer de la Frontera, Spain. (, 14 Mar 2013)
Sporting philosophy / motto "If you don't keep learning, you stay behind." (, 04 Dec 2016)
Famous relatives His partner Marie Longem has competed in jumping for Norway at World Cup events. (, 04 Dec 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 16 May 2016;, 08 May 2016)
Other information STABLES He runs his own stables in Couthuin, Belgium, where he coaches riders and trains and trades horses for jumping. "It was time for me to start my own business. I've always had the goal to have my own yard and use my own system." (, 14 May 2016;, 22 Jun 2015) NO BRIDLE NO PROBLEM In July 2014 he jumped a clear round at the Global Champions Tour show in Paris, France, despite his horse Conrad de Hus losing his bridle partway round the course. The headpiece of the bridle slipped forward and over Conrad De Hus' ears while he was jumping a fence. The bit stayed in place as the pair cleared the final three fences, only dropping out of the horse's mouth once they had returned to walk. "I got the impression many thought that was something special, but I just kept going. What impressed me was the horse. He just kept on doing it the same way and did not get scared at all." (, 14 May 2015;, 07 Jul 2014) TO UKRAINE AND BACK He represented Ukraine between 2005 and 2007. Ukrainian businessman Oleksandr Onyshchenko had offered Wathelet and other European riders the chance to form a Ukrainian team, with the goal of winning world championship and Olympic medals. He only spent a total of two days in Ukraine in order to obtain his nationality and passport. However, his time with Ukraine did not extend through to the 2008 Olympic Games as planned. Onyshchenko sold one of Wathelet's horses, which marked the beginning of the end of the pair's relationship. (, 31 Jan 2010;, 03 Nov 2007)
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding ponies at age eight. At age 10 his parents bought him a horse and he competed at his first regional show at age 16.
Why this sport? He liked his first experience of riding but originally did not want to become a professional because it was too expensive. He tried to combine school and riding but found it too difficult, so at age 19 he decided to commit to riding for one year. He has been involved in the sport ever since.
Training Regime He learns by watching other riders. "You can learn a lot from up close. I also have dressage and showjumping lessons. Our sport is becoming more professional, more difficult and more expensive. If you don't keep learning, you stay behind."
International Debut
Year 2001
Competing for Belgium
Further Personal Information
Family Partner Marie Longem
Residence Couthuin, BEL
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Coach, Horse Trainer
Languages English, French