A Passion for Horses: An Insight into Mel Thijssen’s   Equestrian Journey

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Mel Thijssen‘s journey into the world of equestrian sports is fueled by an innate passion for horses. Hailing from the Netherlands, Mel grew up in a family deeply entrenched in the equestrian world. However, her journey into professional showjumping was not preordained; rather, it was a path she chose with fervor and dedication. In this candid interview, Mel shares her experiences, aspirations, and the profound bond she shares with her horses.

– Mel, thank you for taking the time to chat with us. Can you tell us about your journey into the world of showjumping?

Thank you for having me. Horses have always been a part of my life, but my journey into showjumping was a personal choice. I grew up around horses, but it wasn’t until later that I realized my passion for the sport. Once I discovered it, there was no turning back.”

– Being part of a family deeply involved in horses must have had a significant influence on you. How has that shaped your journey?

Absolutely. My family’s involvement in equestrian sports provided me with a solid foundation and endless support.

Having a brother and sister who also compete at a high level creates a supportive environment where we can learn from each other without unnecessary competition.”

– You’re currently part of the Young Riders Academy program. How has that experience been for you, and how do you think it will impact your career?

Being part of the Young Riders Academy is a great honor. It provides valuable support and guidance for young riders like myself as we navigate our careers. I believe it will help me take the next step and continue to grow as a rider.”

– You recently returned from the Sunshine Tour in Spain, where you achieved success in several classes. Can you tell us about the horses you competed with and your goals for the future?

“I have a fantastic group of horses at the moment. One of my top horses is Imodo, with whom I’ve formed a strong partnership. We’ve been progressing rapidly together, and I’m excited about our future. My immediate goal is to perform well at the upcoming Dutch championships and then potentially compete in larger shows during the summer season.”

– Building partnerships with horses is crucial in showjumping. Can you share your experience with Imodo and how you’ve grown together?

Imodo is a special horse whom I’ve only had for a relatively short time. Despite that, we’ve quickly risen through the ranks together, tackling bigger challenges and succeeding. It’s a testament to his talent and our strong connection.”

– Looking ahead, do you have any aspirations for the future?

My primary focus is on continuing to grow as a rider. I want to develop young horses and nurture them to the highest level of competition. Ultimately, I aim to build lasting partnerships with my horses and achieve success at the highest levels of the sport.”

Mel Thijssen’s journey into showjumping epitomizes the profound bond between rider and horse. With unwavering passion, dedication, and the support of her family and programs like the Young Riders Academy, Mel is poised to leave a lasting mark on the equestrian world. As she continues to pursue her dreams, one thing is certain: her love for horses will always guide her path.

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