If you are on Instagram, you must have seen this #cuteponyboy! First spotted riding adorable sale horses for Roy Wilten of Stal Wilten, Mel Van Der Kamp is now a force to be reckoned with in the ring. Through his partnership with Star Wilten, Mel has begun building his international show jumping resume with impressive results to boot! We had the honor of sitting down with the ultra talented rising star this week to discuss all things riding and his experience at Stal Wilten. Check out our interview below!
When Did You Start Riding?
I started riding when I was 8 years old. My brother was always riding at the shows on the ponies. I often went along with my brother and I decided that i wanted to do that too. The first pony i rode was Spirit. She was a great pony and I learned a lot from her! With Spirit, I started training and competing in the show jumping classes.
How Did You End Up At Stal Wilten?
I was riding at a show with my pony Spirit. Roy Wilten was also there. He saw me jumping there and ask if I wanted to ride a pony for a video. From that time on, I have been riding horses at Stal Wilten! Stal Wilten has given me the opportunity to ride several good horses at the competitions. Roy also helps me train the horses and compete. I have learned a lot from these opportunities that he has given me.
What Is Your Favorite Thing About The PonyWorld?
The relationship you build with your horse so you can compete at a higher level. I enjoy taking care of my horses and I believe you should always be good to your horse and treat him with respect.
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Where Do You See Your Future In The PonyWorld?
My dream is to compete at the Longines Global Champions Tour and to ride on a Nations Cup Team! In ten years, I hope I am still riding and compete at a high level.