A brief encounter with Constant Van Paesschen
29 August 2022
29 August 2022
Now 28, Constant is one of the Belgian show jumping team’s star performers. With 5 generations of riders, the Van Paesschen family needs no introduction in our sport. Constant’s father was an Olympic medallist while his mother was an internationally renowned rider, so his future seemed preordained. Yet, following the family tradition in no way demeans the work and effort put in by the young Belgian rider. With his team of young horses that he trains, Constant Van Paesschen has the potential to be one of the best. So, let’s meet our Antarès rider.
Constant has always been able to rely on his parents for support in his life in and out of the saddle. So, it’s no surprise to learn that when he started riding, he began on ponies. Now based at the family stables at the Hof ten Bos estate, he splits his time between his horses and the students that he coaches. Like his father who was also trained others during his riding career, Constant is particularly focused on helping the next generation of riders.
In fact, he acted on his parent’s expert advice to reach the highest level and has been mixing with the best for several years now. His father was filmed describing his son’s effortless riding style when he was just a kid, not to mention his intuition for galloping straight ahead. These qualities readied Constant Van Paesschen for his journey to the top.
Constant’s riding career quickly yielded a flood of medals. He won the Belgian School Championships in 2005, was Belgian Junior Champion in 2007 and 2009 and won the Belgian Young Rider Championship in 2011. As if that wasn’t enough, he also won individual and team bronze medals at the European Junior Championships in 2006. He then came 4th in the team event the following year.
In 2013, Constant Van Paesschen competed in his first LGCT Grand Prix event, in Doha, in 2013, and reached the final where he came 5th. This competitive experience remains his best memory even now. The following year, he came 3rd at the LGCT Grand Prix in Antwerp. Don’t forget that this was only Constant’s second elite competitive event as a rider!
The partnership started with Stanny Van Paesschen, Constant’s father, who no longer rides now. So, it seemed perfectly natural to continue the arrangement with Constant, then aged 11. We share many common values, such as a feeling for horses, their well-being, performance and that competitive spirit.
We were delighted to catch up with Constant Van Paesschen at the 2022 Grand Prix event in Dinard. Watch the interview with our Antarès rider.
Constant has the Connexion jumping saddle. With a deep seat which ensures great contact and light ride.
The Premium helmet features a glossy shell finish. For an aesthetic design, the leather and shell are color-matched. It is available in 5 shell colors. Its timeless design adds to the comfort of a breathable helmet. A helmet conforming to European and American standards, it enables riders to ride in complete safety.
The Precision anatomic “Comfort” bridle has been developed with equestrian health professionals. The bridle’s anatomic headpiece and wide padded nosepiece provides maximum comfort by reducing pressure on sensitive areas of the horse.
The girth provides optimum comfort and gentle contact thanks to its calfskin lined padding. The Easy Clip fastening system is covered by a leather flap to prevent any risk of snagging when jumping.