Who is Pieter Wiersinga?
Pieter Wiersinga is a member of the Endurance Temporary Committee and chef d’équipe of the Dutch Endurance team. A Police Commissioner and former Head of the Mounted Police in the Netherlands, Wiersinga is also head coach at the Royal Dutch Equestrian Federation (KNHS).
Pieter Wiersinga addressed the topic of integrity and leadership by focusing on the Code of Conduct for FEI Officials and the correct and robust application of the rules. Proposals were centred around the appointment and rotation of officials, improved training, reinforcement of the role of the Independent Governance Advisors (IGA), stronger follow up system for Officials’ reporting to the FEI and tackling corruption.
“I wish you a lot of wisdom because Endurance has a positive future, provided the unacceptable behaviours of a few in the community are addressed and rectified”, Pieter Wiersinga said. “It’s sport practised in a fair way giving access to all, from beginners to the most experienced and talented athletes, and placing the emphasis on the partnership between an educated rider and a well-trained horse.”
In 1991, police commissioner Pieter Wiersinga joined the Disaster Identification Team, a team of the Dutch police that is managed by the National Police Services Agency and consists of volunteers within the police force and the Royal Netherlands Marechaussee, supplemented by a number of defense specialists and civil society specialists.
Pieter Wiersinga started as head of salvage, moved on to the tactical department after a few years and has since become the leader of the entire team. The most notable mission of the Disaster Identification Team was the mammoth operation after the tsunami in South-East Asia in 2004.
International forensic experts at work to identify thousands of people killed in Thailand in the tsunami, have adopted the methodology used by the Dutch Disaster Identification Team as their standard. The Dutch team had created an efficient and reliable work flow now used by Interpol experts and the other teams.
In Thailand, Pieter Wiersinga was head of team of 141 people tasked with the identification of bodies after the tsunami. For this work, he was appointed by the Crown in May 2005 as Officer in the Order of Orange Nassau.
Since 2002, the police commissioner has been associated with the Royal Stable Department, the transport company of the Royal House. He is responsible for the carriage and driving area.
Pieter Wiersinga has held various positions in breeding and equestrian sport. He is currently a board member of Jumping Amsterdam, a member of the disciplinary boards of the KWPN and the KNHS and KNHS representative and also jury chairman at the Trotting and Racing sport.
Since 2017 Pieter Wiersinga is chef d’équipe of Dutch Endurance team.
A year before the 1994 World Equestrian Games in The Hague, Pieter Wiersinga became involved in endurance sport and, at the time as Head of the Mounted Police, he was responsible for the route and other organization surrounding the Endurance component.
“About 25 years ago I was asked to help set the 160 kilometer route for the World Equestrian Games in The Hague. I was head of the mounted police and contacted several mayors to be allowed to drive through their municipality. The welfare of the horses is a major concern for us. That has everything to do with the fact that in some countries the approach to the animals is looked at differently than here. It cannot go fast enough for some people.”
With no doubt, Pieter Wiersinga is an outstanding person in the field of law enforcement and equestrian sport in general.
Are his experience and knowledge in Endurance discipline enough to consider him as an expert to change the whole Endurance system?