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Like Father, Like Sons: The House of Philippaerts

There have been sons and cousins and siblings who have elevated their family name to great heights in the sport of show jumping – think Whitaker, Fuchs, Pessoa – but Ludo and Veronique Philippaerts really have achieved something unique. Their twin sons, Nicola and Olivier, have established themselves as bona fide members of the 5* community at the age of 25. Together they were a part of the Longines Global Champions League’s winning London Knights team which scooped over $2 million in prize money in 2018. In fact, the House of Philippaerts is a full-fledged dynasty in the making. Siblings Thibault (17) and Anthony (15) are already veterans of European Championships and medalists at national and international levels. Father Ludo was one of Belgium’s greatest. His partnership with the great Darco and that stallion’s sons, Parco and Otterongo, brought both fame and good fortune. When Ludo retired in 2014, he…

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