As soon as the job offer for the position of Team Manager for the Belgian Eventing Team was published, it was clear that, given the requirements in the job description, Kai had the right CV to be the perfect candidate for the job.
Living and working in Belgium has given him valuable insights into how Belgian Eventing works, including its weaknesses and strengths. With his years of experience in high-level eventing as an athlete, trainer and consultant, he is the man who can develop a top sport culture and more professionalism in Belgian Eventing, and lead Belgian Eventing back to its former glory.
“My goal for the Belgian Eventing sport is to build a top sports team and ways to boost the sport in general to create an even greater foundation for the future,” Kai tells us.
Kai, who has German nationality, graduated from the University of Oldenburg in Economics/Sport Marketing and was a working pupil of German Olympian Andreas Dibowski. He passed with distinction the German Equestrian Olympic Committee – Training Programme as ‘Bereiter’.
Kai is married to Belgian Eventing rider Lara de Liedekerke, participated in more than 550 international competitions with more than 60 different horses up to 5* level. He is part of the German top sport squad and participated in two European championships with the German Eventing team. He was also involved in the German Eventing Commission as Riders Representative.
In his new role Kai-Steffen Meier is the new Belgian Team Manager Eventing,he will be assisted by Operations Manager Dirk Vanwijnsberghe. The 56-year-old manager is no stranger to the Belgian equestrian world, and more specifically to eventing. He has been active as a rider, breeder, owner and official and has organised national and international competitions for years. At Syntra, he also gives evening classes on ‘horse breeding’.
“I would not describe myself as the biggest talker, but as a real ‘doer’. I am a team player and have built up good people skills over the years.” As a manager, I have always had goals. Goals that I could only achieve with a team of motivated people. As a supporter I am always present at all major eventing championships, the Olympic Games, the WEG etc… That way I have built a very good relationship with all Belgian international eventers,” Dirk shares.
KBRSF, Paardensport Vlaanderen and LEWB are looking forward to a long and fruitful collaboration with both the new Team Manager and Operational Manager!
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