NED Holland
May 10th 1980
Jumping Rider
From several years he is one of Dutch top team riders. He grew up with his parents and his sister in a small village in Brabant, thanks to the passion of his family for horses Harrie started to ride his sister’s pony. Harrie didn’t believe to have a great talent at the beginning and he dedicated much time to other sports, especially football. At the age of sixteen, he had to choose between football and horses and he chose the horses. After participating at two European Young Riders Championships (team bronze medal at Gijon 2001 with Liverpool), he decided to increase his experience working for the Dutch Johan Heins with whom he stayed for four years before moving to Axel Verlooy’s stables. His team, the Smolders Sport Horses, is located in Lage Mierde, in Brabant. Authentic, Exquis Oliver Q, Exquis Walnut de Muze, Regina Z and Emerald are some of his best horses. Smolders is a very fast rider, winner of many jump-off of the best international events.
​He took part in the World Championships in Lexington 2010 and the European Championship in Windsor 2009 with Walnut de Muze. 2015 started very well for Harrie and Regina Z with the victory at the Grand Prix CSI5 * in Shanghai.

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