Boy-Adrian van Gelderen

How it all started…

From soccer player to European Champion

born on May 8th 1996 in Malle, Belgium. At first, Boy enjoyed soccer and tennis and later he did some horseback riding at the stables in Kalmthout. When he got so busy with all the sports activities, his father asked him to choose which sport he would most like to do. The answer from Boy was a bit surprising, he had chosen for horse riding, what he least controlled at that time. He got a pony from his father, whose name was Boots, some time later Boy got 2 more ponies named Joly’s Alex & Eeling Midnight. He rode mainly recreational and took part in national competitions of the LRV. In his ‘pony-time’ Boy was supervised daily by Michel Verbeeck, who taught him the basics and learned him how to sit on a horse. Soon it became very clear that he was very passionate and really wanted to continue in the horses, to accomplish this, his parents bought him a private stable in 2008, where Boy could train peacefully. In the year 2008, Boy increasingly started riding competitions. Soon more and more horses joined our stables.

2014 : Belgian Champion Juniors

In 2014 Boy became Belgian Champion for the first time in his career this in the category for Juniors. He also participated at the European Championships in Arezzo ( Italy).

2015 : European Champion

Young Rider Academy Team

Through the Belgian Federation Boy was selected for the selections of the Young Riders Academy. At the European Championships for Young Riders in Wiener Neustadt ( Austria) Boy won a Gold team medal together with his team.

2016 : BC & EC

In 2016 Boy placed 3th at the Belgium Championships Young Riders, not long after this titel he was selected for the European Championships and took the 6th place individual home.

2017 : Belgian Champion Young Riders

2017 is the last year as Young Rider for Boy-Adrian. This year he became Belgian Champion Young Riders together with his horse Be Cool. Furthermore he won a Silver team medal at the European Championships for Young Riders in Samorin ( Slovakia).

References

Jan Friant (president VOR)

“Through this way, I congratulate you on the 1st place at the BK Young Riders. As you can see, quality always floats above. I am really happy for you and especially for Boy-Adrian. A top guy and top rider! Had we just had more.”