About Jules Nyssen

Growing up in Holland, Jules began riding at an early age. After graduating from law school, his desire to train won out over his schooling, and instead of taking the bar exam, he moved to France to attend the Ecole Nationale d’Equitation (Cadre Noir), in Saumur. He was the first foreign delegate to join the school at the time. He received his instructor’s course, and remained at the school as assistant to the National Team Coach for more than three years, providing assistance in preparing the French Team horses and riders. Jules also competed himself during that time with the French Eventing team.

In the fall of 1983, Jules moved to the United States to teach some clinics, and he never returned home. During the 80s, Jules competed in both Eventing and Dressage, riding at Rolex, winning the Georgia Three Day Event, and narrowly missing the opportunity to compete at the Barcelona Olympics due to an injury. During this time Jules became widely sought for his coaching abilities, helping many event riders with their flatwork, including Karen O’Connor, Mike Bloom, the Davidsons, Sally Clark, Nina Fout, Rob Stevenson, and Karen Stives, who won individual silver and team gold medals on Ben Arthur at the Los Angeles Olympics. To date, athletes coached by Jules have won a total of four medals.




Today Jules concentrates his career in Dressage, where he has trained a number horses to the Grand Prix level. His show record speaks for itself, with horses at all levels winning at some of the most prestigious events in the country. Jules has won many national and regional awards, including the 1995 USDF Region 1 Rider of the Year.

Jules has tremendous respect and understanding for the horses, likely the guiding principles that have enabled such widespread success with many different types of horses across two major disciplines.

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