I am Siem and I am living my dream to become a professional horseback archer.
With Latte, owned by Christoph Némethy at the European Championship Horseback Archery Eventing in Poland, september 2019
I am 16 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. On request I give trainings at location and demonstrations. At this moment I have no own place to give trainings but you can always reach out to me if you have possibilities to train at your place.
I train archery and horseriding with Jannet van Wijk at her own place several times a week. I train with international horseback archery trainers in Hungary, France and Poland several times a year.
I am working on becoming a freestyle and horseriding instructor at the Freestyle Academy Emiel Voest this 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 (13 years) and Chunlian (10 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.