Profiles

  • Wout-Jan van der Schans
  • Competing for: Netherlands
  • From: Nijkerk
  • Age: 57

Wout-Jan began horseriding when he was just 4 years old, under the tutelage of his father Piet van der Schans, Wout-Jan’s biggest influence and a 1972 Olympic Games competitor. In a long and distinguished career, Wout-Jan cites Olympic Treffer, Leroy Brown, Goldenbridge, Corland and Eurocommerce Seoul as the best horses he has ever worked with. Some of his competitive highlights include winning the World Cup 3 times in Helsinki, winning the Grand Prix in Hardelot and London Olympia, and coming 6th at the European Championships in 1987 and 2001.

A firm believer in forever watching and learning from other riders, Wout-Jan is very much looking forward to Global Champions Tour this year, expressing pride in his ex-colleague Jan Tops, who he credits with putting together shows that give the sport “a whole new meaning.”

 

Fast facts

Competed in the 1986 World Championships of Aachen with Olympic Treffer

Competed in the 1988 Olympic Games of Seoul with Olympic Treffer

Competed in the 1987, 1988, 1996 and 1997 World Cup final

Competed in the 1987 and 2001 European Championships