Karin Donckers

Wednesday 7th - 11th May 2025

Karin Donckers

  • 56 - Fletcha van 't Verahof


arguably Belgium’s most successful event rider. Karin last competed at Badminton in 2010 and at Burghley in 2014.

Karin began riding as a nine-year-old through the Pony Club and competed in Junior European and Young Rider Championships being 14th and 12th respectively. Her breakthrough to top level eventing came at Saumur 1992 where she was third (Britt), a result that led to her selection for the Olympic Games in Barcelona where the Belgian team took fourth place and she was eighth individually. She has since competed in five more Olympic Games (2000, 2004, 2008, 2012 &’16) being ninth in Bejiing in 2008 with Gazelle de la Brasserie who she rode in London to 15th place. The pair was also fourth place at the World Equestrian Games at Lexington in 2010. Much of her success has been with homebred horses, descendants of her first Olympic horse Britt, such as Palmyra and Jenna.

Karin now rides the Chilli Morning daughter Jalapeno (ex Shaab) bred by Nick Gauntlett; the pair won the CIC2* and was 2nd in the CIC3* in Barroca d’Alva in March.

Karin trains with Stefan Hollanders (dressage) and Grant Wilson (jumping)


Fletcha van’t Verahof, owned by Carl Bouckaert, Joris de Brabander and rider, is a 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding. He is by former showjumping World Champion Vigo D’Arsouilles (winner of the gold medal at the 2010 WEG) also the sire of Karin’s former four-star mare Lamicell Unique. Fletcha is out of the thoroughbred mare Southern Queen by South Gale. Karin previously rode the full brother to Fletcha and acquired Fletcha as a five-year-old from the breeder who thought he might be the better one. In 2014 the pair was 5th in the WEG and in 2016 contested the Olympic Games but was eliminated.



Fletcha van 't Verahof

BWP, Belgium, 2005
65,7 Inch , bay , gelding

Sire Vigo d'Arsouilles

Dam Southern Queen XX (Southgale XX)

Breeder Peter Vandamme - Desmedt

Owner(s): Carl Bouckaert, Georgia, USA
Joris De Brabander, Antwerpen, Belgium
& Rider

Notable Results


2016 – Pau CCI4* 14th Fletcha

2016 – Blenheim CIC3* 7th Fletcha

2016 – Rio OG El Fletcha

2016 – Marbach CIC3* 1st Fletcha

2016 – Barroca D’Alva 1st Fletcha

2015 – Sopot CCI3* 1st Fletcha

2015 – Blair Castle CH-EU-CCI3* ret Fletcha

2015 – Strzegom CICO3* 1st Fletcha

2014 – Caen WEG 5th Fletcha

2014 – Renswoude CIC3* 1st Lamicell Unique

2014 – Bramham CCI3* 6th Lamicell Unique

2014 – Bramham CIC3* 3rd Fletcha

2013 – Montelibretti CIC3* 1st Lamicell Unique

2012 – London Olympic Games – 15th Gazelle de la Brasserie

2012 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 14th Maxwell Steele

2011 – Pau CCI4* 28th SS Jett

2011 – CH-EU-3* EL Lamicell Charizard

2010 – Pau CCI4* 3rd Lamicell Charizard

2010 – Lexington WEG 4th Gazelle de la Brasserie

2010 – Vejer de la Frontera CCI3* 1st Lamicell Charizard, 4th SS Jett, 5th Maxwell Steele

2009 – Burghley CCI4* 13th SS Jett

2009 – Fontainebleau CH-EU-3* 6th (Gazelle de la Brasserie)

2008 – Burghley CCI4* 10th SS Jett

2008 – Beiijing Olympic Games 12th (Gazelle de la Brasserie)

2007 – Luhmuhlen CCI4* 6th (Gormley)

2005 – Blenheim CCI3* 4th (Gormley)

1997 – Burghley CH-EU-3* 27th Jenna


2010 – Badminton CCI4* 16th Gazelle de la Brasserie

2009 – Badminton CCI4* 7th Gazelle de la Brasserie & 13th SS Jett

2004 – Badminton 32nd (Lamicell Chumbawumba)