I am Siem and I am living my dream to become a professional horseback archer.
I am 18 years old and I have been homeschooled.
In September 2022 I became European Champion Horseback Archery Eventing all ages and as a Young Rider with Husky. I have obtained the HA8 grade, the second highest placed horseback archer in the world, after Mihai Cozmei, in the IHAA system. At my first Kassai World Cup competition in Checkendon,England I rode a score of 217.34 points. That’s the 8th place on the world ranking list of this year!
Since october 2021 James came into my life. And I am very happy that he’s my horse now! He is a very friendly, laid back and sensitive horse.
I give trainings and demonstrations at location. 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.
I do also train horses when owners ask me too. And I have been lucky to ride Bijou a few times, a real Gribaldi!
I shoot with the Slavic technique, using a quiver built by Mihai Cozmei. In the past I used thumb and three finger (mediterranean technique) so I can teach this techniques too.
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 (20 years) and two younger ones, Qiujun (15 years) and Chunlian (12 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 was 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.