was born in Weerselo (Netherlands) on 19th March 1961. At the age of 3 he started
riding his first pony. On his 12th he became the Dutch Champion for the first
As the oldest son he was expected to take over the farm, but his heart was with
the horses. On his 18th he changed from ponies to horses.
In 1988 he achieved his first international successes with the horse Felix.
After a few grand-prix victories he took part in his first Olympic Games. As
an individual he became 7th in Seoul.
After Felix came the real toppers: Egano and Libero. With Jos, Egano won many
Grand-Prix contests. The highlight was the Olympic gold in Barcelona.
After many victories in Grand Prix contests, he won the World Cup Final in 1994
in ’s-Hertogenbosch (Netherlands) with Libero.
In 1996 Jos changed to Zangersheide in Lanaken, Belgium. With stallion Carthago
he took part in the Olympic Games in Atlanta and Sydney. With Caridor he won
the bronze medal at the World Championship in Jerez de la Frontera in 2002,
together with the Belgian team. With Caridor Jos rode two clear rounds in the
international contest. As an individual, he finished on the 6th place.
In 2004 he became self-employed and started an own jumping-, and
commercial stable. This year he won the highest endowed Grand Prix in Galgary,
Canada, with the impressive stallion Cumano.
In 2006 he became World Champion with Cavalor
Cumano at the WEG in Aachen, Germany. In his career he gained the National Title
nine times: eight for The Netherlands and one for Belgium.