van Reine

One thing is immediately clear about Thierry van Reine: if he has something in his head, he will go on until he succeeds. As the son of former international eventing rider Ramon van Reine, in the pram Thierry van Reine was already present at all major eventing competitions Alice Naber-Lozeman competed in. ACSI ‘the Camping Specialist’, Ramon van Reine’s company, had been sponsoring Alice Naber for 20 years. It was only logical that little Thierry wanted to go pony riding. His parents did not allow him to do so until he had his A-B and C swimming diplomas.

After his parents set this condition, for a year and a half Thierry never mentioned pony riding again. Sabine and I thought, it would blow over. We will never forget that he came running towards us in the swimming pool triumphantly with his C-diploma in hand and shouted: “and now I can ride a pony!”, says Ramon van Reine.

Thierry van Reine

Thierry says: “I was given the fantastic opportunity to work at William Fox-Pitt as a stable rider. Beginning 4-year-old horses up to the 5* eventing horses were entrusted to me! My goal was to develop not only the horses but also myself as much as possible. In doing so, I am working on a fantastic foundation for the future.

About Thierry van Reine

Van Reine

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Thierry Xavier

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talentsplan 2015, framework ponies 2016, framework juniors/young riders 2017 to 2021


in the Netherlands Martin Lips (cross country) Kevin Olsmeijer (show jumping)

in England William Fox-Pitt (cross, jumping, dressage) Jackie Potts (management).


Sabine van Reine


Edouard Adriaensen


Jarko Dun


Dirk Jan de Kievit

National Coach

Andrew Heffernan

Team vet

Leendert-Jan Hofland

Training schedules

Carolien Munsters van Moxie Sport en William Fox-Pitt

ACSI Harry Belafonte

(Heraldix xx Zamiro x Weinstern), bay gelding 2003, breeder Karl-Heinz & Christa Backhaus, owner Ramon and Sabine van Reine.


(exGlyborg, Obourg x Diplomatique), BWP, gelding, bay, 2006, breeder Luc van Hooydonck, Belgium, owner Ramon and Sabine van Reine.

Classic Royetta

(Royal Classic x Florestan I), Hann, bay mare, 2010, breeder Gerhard de Vries, owner Gesa and Sabine Staas.

Watch Thierry at the KNHS
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Check out Thierry's standings at the FEI international equestrian federation
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Results European Championship YR Segersjoh 2021
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Results Boekelo 2021, 3rd at DC seniors
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Results EC Jr Fontainebleau 2018
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Result European Championships Jr Millstreet 2017
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Thierry van Reine and Classic Royetta win long 2* Oudkarspel (18-04-2021)
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ACSI Harry Belafonte to Van Reine (Oct 2018)
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Alice Naber thanks ACSI Harry Belafonte (23-10-2018)
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Thierry van Reine infected with eventing virus (2015)
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More about Thierry

Pony riding at the riding school went from once a week, to twice, then three times, then four times. Finally it was time for a pony of my own: Sonja. “That wasn’t easy,” says Thierry, “it took me five competitions until I had 1 profit point in dressage, so I was allowed to start jumping! And then she kept stopping!  With my next pony, Monte Carlo, things went better. But my father wouldn’t let me go cross-country until I was first Z dressage and Z show jumping. In the end, we became Z2 dressage and ZZ show jumping,” says Thierry.

In 2015, Thierry was selected for both dressage and eventing at the selection day for the KNHS talent plan. He chose eventing, a discipline that suited his pony stallion Zapp very well. “I was able to finish my pony career nicely with a second place with Zapp at the DC in Barchem in 2016,” says Thierry.

Then, via Martin Lips, the horse Piet came into the picture for Thierry and things moved quickly: in 2017, Thierry rode ACSI Piet into the junior team for the European Championships in Millstreet, as he did in 2018 in Fontainebleau. This was followed by the third EC in Segersjö in 2021 with Classic Royetta from German rider Gesa Staas. Thierry was in the cadre until 2021.

Meanwhile, Thierry also had ACSI Harry Belafonte at his disposal with whom he rode eight 4* competitions. Among them 2 times Boekelo culminating in bronze at the DC in 2021. 2022 was also a wonderful year with a.o. participation in Luhmühlen and Haras le Pins.  By now, 20-year-old Harry is enjoying his retirement with his breeders the Backhaus family in Germany.

Thierry completed the Stedelijk Gymnasium in Nijmegen in 2018 and then got his bachelor in Business Administration/Economics and completed his studies with a Master in Strategic Management in 2022 at Radboud University in Nijmegen.

Sometime later, he left for England for five-time Olympian William Fox-Pitt. Read more about the start at Sturminster-Newton in Dorset here.