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Maikel VAN DER VLEUTEN, Dutch Jumping athlete.

FEI ID 10002094
Gender Male
Date of Birth 10/02/1988
Competing for Netherlands - NED
Registration Jumping 2021
Last update 26/05/2021
FEI Database

Jumping 70x70
Sport Specific Information
When and where did you begin this sport? He began riding at age six, which he combined with playing football until he decided to concentrate on horses at age 12.
Why this sport? He inherited his love for the sport from his father Eric, who has also competed in equestrian at international level. "I enjoyed going to shows with my father and I often walked the courses with him. I also watched the other riders and learnt a lot at a young age. I didn't think about becoming a showjumper, but I was crazy about the sport. My father never forced me to ride. That's something that must come from within."
Club / Team Springstal van der Vleuten: Someren, NED
Name of coach Rob Ehrens [national], NED
Further Personal Information
Family Wife Rachelle, daughters Liza [2017] and Sophie [2021]
Residence Someren, NED
Occupation Athlete, Business Owner, Horse Trainer
Languages Dutch, English
General Interest
Memorable sporting achievement Winning silver in the team event at the 2012 Olympic Games in London. (, 02 Aug 2019)
Most influential person in career His father, and coach Andre Heijligers. (, 12 May 2016, 03 Feb 2016)
Hero / Idol German jumping riders Marcus Ehning and Daniel Deusser, Dutch jumping riders Gerco Schroder and Jeroen Dubbeldam. (Noelle Floyd Magazine YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2014)
Injuries In January 2018 he broke a metacarpal bone in his right hand at the Jumping Amsterdam event in the Netherlands. He made his comeback after a month of rest and recovery. (Hoefslag NL YouTube channel, 10 Mar 2018;, 07 Mar 2018;, 28 Jan 2018)
Sporting philosophy / motto "Work hard, but have fun at the same time." (Noelle Floyd Magazine YouTube channel, 30 Jul 2014)
Awards and honours In 2014 he was named Sportsman of the Year in Brabant, Netherlands. (, 13 Dec 2014) He was named Rabo Talent of the Year in 2006 [as a junior] and in 2010 [as a senior] in the Netherlands. (Facebook page, 31 Jan 2016)
Famous relatives His father Eric represented the Netherlands in equestrian jumping at the World Equestrian Games [WEG] in 1990, 1998, and 2010. His brother Eric Jr. has also competed in the sport at an elite level. (, 22 Jan 2016; SportsDeskOnline, 04 Feb 2015)
Ambitions To compete at the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. (, 10 Mar 2020)
Other information STABLES He is based at his family's Springstal Van der Vleuten in Someren, Netherlands. His father is primarily concerned with trade and Maikel focuses on his sporting career. "Dad and I live and work together, but we have two separate stables. His help is still critical for me, but at the same time, he has tried to get me to become independent as soon as possible." (, 28 Jun 2020;, 13 Jun 2019;, 30 Sep 2018;, 28 Dec 2017;, 22 Jan 2016;, 25 Aug 2015) OLYMPIC HORSE FAREWELL His horse Verdi TN retired in 2020. The pair had competed together at the Olympic Games in 2012 and 2016, winning a silver medal in the team event in 2012 in London. "Verdi is really a phenomenon for me. If you're able to work together for so long with a horse and make each other's career, then that is something very special. You can't achieve that easily with another horse." (, 18 Mar 2020;, 11 Mar 2020;, 10 Mar 2020)