Gregory Wathelet

Official website of belgian rider, Grégory Wathelet

Team bronze!

A few hours have passed since we left Japan and how emotional it still.

Equestrian sport has been waiting for this for so long. We knew it was possible, we knew we had the team to go for this medal despite the very high level. But was it still necessary to get there? But we did! We come home with this medal. For us, for Belgium, but above all for a whole team behind us who worked to make this happen.

I especially wanted to highlight and thank several people without whom all of this could not have happened.

First of all, the Belgian team. Pieter, Jérôme, Niels but also those who helped the Belgian team to qualify in Rotterdam like Jos.

All the Belgian staff, the federation, the league, the Adeps, Team Belgium but more particularly Peter our team leader who must make the difficult choices, Wendy who does a remarkable job in the shadows but also Frédéric our veterinarian who watches over on our horses all year round and especially the last 2 weeks here in Japan night and day.

There are the people most important to our horses, who spend 100% of their time for the good of their horse (I would even say their friends), who only live for them. Of course the staff is large, Hubert the marshal, Sébastien the dentist, Julien the masseur, Benjamin the osteo but more precisely the team that surrounds Nevados on a daily basis. Pauline, Noémie, Carla, Chloé and of course Sylvain who traveled with him to Tokyo and who has followed me all over the world for over 7 years.

My horse who was the architect of our performance. Nevados is simply an exceptional horse. Thanks to him.

Those without whom this project would not have come to fruition and who made my dream come true with this medal by securing Nevados last year. I cannot thank them enough. Those who are part of Nevados Group. Judith, Jorn, Eric and Jen.

And of course all my friends who from near or far have supported, encouraged, helped me whether before or during.

My family who are an integral part of this medal. My dad who from the start pushed me to become what I am, my mom who made me be the person I am, my sisters Stéphanie and Justine who have always been my first supporters.

To end with the person who shares my life and especially who supports and supports me on a daily basis. Thank you Pauline for being there and even more important than this medal, thank you for bringing this little Theo into our lives just before I left for Tokyo.

Today Belgium, equestrian sport and my village Bois-et Borsu can be proud of what we have done.

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