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Ludo Philippaerts retires from top sport


News from Stud Dorperheide this morning. Ludo Philippaerts officially announced the end of his long sports career.

Ludo Philippaerts was injured in Fontainebleau last year and took a long time to recover. Having two sons Olivier and Nicola riding at the top level, Ludo finds it easier to step down from the top sport.

Philippaerts is a four-time Olympian. As an individual, he ranked 4th at both the 2000 Olympic Games and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, He also finished 6th the Belgian team. At the 1992 Summer Olympics in Barcelona, Philippaerts and his late champion horse, Darco, ranked 7th.

He was the BP Cup Champion in Spruce Meadows in 2006 and the 2006 winner of the Global Champions Tour. In 2005, his fourth consecutive year of competition in the Show Jumping World Cup, Philippaerts ranked 9th.

Philippaerts also has a silver medal from the European Championships in Arnhem, 2001.

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