I am Siem and I am living my dream to become a professional horseback archer.
I am 17 years old and being homeschooled.
At the moment I am the highest placed horseback archer in the Netherlands and I became 3rd at the European Championship in Poland in the junior category and 7th in the mixed ranking.
In August 2020 I was the overall winner of Gauchoux Open 2020. I have HA6 Grade and have two junior world records, on the Tower 90 track and the Raid 233. You can see the actual information on my blog on this site.
I give trainings and demonstrations at location. At this moment I have a few places where I can give training to people without their own horse. And stable and horseowners can always invite me to come to their place to give training.
If you want to train with me, you can send us a message https://siemhorsebackarchery.com/contact/ or check on my facebook page where we make “events” if I give a training that you can join: https://www.facebook.com/siemhorsebackarchery.
At this moment I almost daily ride Moravita, a 16 year old Lippizaner owned by Chiya. I am training Classical Dressage with her and maybe we will introduce her to horseback archery in the future. I also help Chiya with riding her, she is a fun challenge and I like the process of finding out how to ride her and how to help Chiya riding her. I am very grateful to Chiya and Carli that I can ride this nice horse.
I train archery almost every day in our backyard. It is short distance shooting, at max 7 meters but I use it to train on my technique. Whenever I get the chance, like when I am on holiday at Texel, I train longer distance to see if my technique is accurate enough for the next competition season. At this moment I am working on using the flying quiver made by Mihai Cozmei with the Slavic draw.
I train with international horseback archery trainers in Hungary, France and Poland several times a year.
I obtained my level 1 freestyle and horseriding instructor at the Freestyle Academy Emiel Voest last year.
At my free time I study the internet because I like to know everything about horses, saddles, bows, arrows and the history of horseback archery.
I have an older brother Tijmen (18 years) and two younger ones, Qiujun (14 years) and Chunlian (11 years). Qiujun and Chunlian like horseriding and archery too. I sometimes give them archery lessons. I have also taught my mother horseback archery.
We have four dogs and we take care of other dogs when their owners are working.
My father Arjan works at the Wageningen University and Research as program leader Sustainable Water Management. My mother Jouke is at home with us. We live in a village in the centre of the Netherlands, near Amersfoort.
I am being homeschooled because going to school made me very sad. I did not understand what the teachers were asking from me, most things I already knew for a long time and I got very nervous of all the forced social interaction. I love to be around people and to interact but in a classroom full of kids I felt completely lost. My brothers are also being homeschooled.
So now I am learning the things I want to learn at home and at places I love to go to, with people I love to meet.