• Harrie Smolders
  • Competing for: Netherlands
  • From: Lage-Mierde
  • Age: 40

Harrie Smolders began riding ponies when he was 8 years old in the small village of Lage-Mierde in The Netherlands. At a very young age, he won several national titles in jumping, as well as in dressage and eventing. In 2002, Harrie began working with Axel Verlooy, and has since worked to build an international sporting career, competing in several European and World Championships, Olympic Games, and World Cup Finals. He was the runaway winner of the 2017 Longines Global Champions Tour, taking the series title before the final competition even began. In 2017 Smolders, earned individual silver at the Longines FEI European Championships (Sweden) and topped major classes like the FEI World Cup Qualifier of Mechelen (Belgium) and the LGCT Grand Prix of Chantilly (France).


For more than ten years, Harrie has been ranked among the top 25 riders in the world and is a former world number one on the Longines FEI World Ranking List.


Fast Facts

Competed in the 2010 World Championships 

Competed in the 2009 European Championships, finishing 4th in the Team event

2001 European Young Rider Team Bronze medalist with Liverpool

2013 LGCT Vienna Grand Prix Silver Medalist with Jackson Hole

2015 LGCT Shanghai Grand Prix winner Regina Z

2015 LGCT Vienna Silver medalist with Don VHP Z

2016 LGCT Grand Prix of Hamburg Silver Medalist with Don VHP Z

2017 LGCT Chantilly Grand Prix winner with Emerald

2017 LGCT Champion of Champions (first ever rider to win the title before the season finish - he wrapped up the title in Rome, the penultimate event)

2018 LGCT Cannes Grand Prix Silver Medalist with Emerald 

2018 LGCT Hamburg Grand Prix winner with Don VHP Z

2018 LGCT Paris Grand Prix Bronze Medalist with Don VHP Z N.O.P

2018 LGCT Super Grand Prix Qualifier (Hamburg)

2019 LGCT Mexico City Grand Prix Bronze Medalist with Don VHP Z N.O.P.

2019 LGCT Miami Beach Grand Prix Silver Medalist with Don VHP Z N.O.P.

2019 New York Masters CSI5* Grand Prix - 2nd place on Une de l'Othain

2019 Brussels CSI5* Grand Prix - 2nd place on Don VHP Z N.O.P.