(CNN)Equestrianism is certainly in Olivier Philippaerts’ blood.

The Belgian rider is the latest in a line of sportsmen to emerge from a family dynasty with a true pedigree in the sport. Philippaerts’ father, Ludo, is a four-time Olympic showjumper while his twin brother Nicola also competes in the lucrative Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT). It’s a foundation which has let the 26-year-old flourish in showjumping’s elite competition, where he has earned more than $140,000 this season alone. But what are the secrets of his success? Read MoreREAD: “It’s about mutual give and take: “Jessica Springsteen’s secrets of successREAD: “We’re both feisty, we fight for each other:” Danielle Goldstein’s secrets of successOlivier Philippaerts reveals the secrets of his success to CNN.  Olivier Philippaerts reveals the secrets of his success to CNN.  Olivier Philippaerts reveals the secrets of his success to CNN. Father’s guidancePhilippaerts is aware that having such a sporty family has given him a leg up into the world of equestrian. The years spent watching his father compete on the world’s biggest stage prepared both him and his brother for life in the saddle. “I’ve been lucky to have my dad,” he told CNN Sport’s EQ show. “[He] has been involved in sport all his life so I got a huge advantage because of that. My brother and I are thankful to have him by our side.” But family can only get you so far and Philippaerts has had to spend years refining his craft to become one of the biggest prospects in the showjumping world.READ: Global Champions 2019 — Schedule and resultsMaikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victory in Valkenswaard.Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victory in Valkenswaard. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLValkenswaard – Maikel van der Vleuten and Dana Blue on the way to victory in Valkenswaard.Hide Caption 1 of 34The Tops International Arena, in the Netherlands, is a wonderful venue to host the Valkenswaard leg of the tour. The Tops International Arena, in the Netherlands, is a wonderful venue to host the Valkenswaard leg of the tour. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLThe Tops International Arena, in the Netherlands, is a wonderful venue to host the Valkenswaard leg of the tour. Hide Caption 2 of 34Winless all season, defending overall LGCT champion Ben Maher hits back with a bang on Explosion W on home soil.Winless all season, defending overall LGCT champion Ben Maher hits back with a bang on Explosion W on home soil. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLLondon – Winless all season, defending overall LGCT champion Ben Maher hits back with a bang on Explosion W on home soil.Hide Caption 3 of 34Shane Sweetnam goes airborne on Alejandro at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.Shane Sweetnam goes airborne on Alejandro at the Royal Hospital Chelsea. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLShane Sweetnam goes airborne on Alejandro at the Royal Hospital Chelsea.Hide Caption 4 of 34Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary triumphed in Berlin.Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary triumphed in Berlin. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBerlin – Dani G. Waldman and Lizziemary triumphed in Berlin.Hide Caption 5 of 34Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Cool Feeling missed out by just 0.35 seconds.Germany's Ludger Beerbaum and Cool Feeling missed out by just 0.35 seconds. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLGermany’s Ludger Beerbaum and Cool Feeling missed out by just 0.35 seconds.Hide Caption 6 of 34Darragh Kenny rode to victory on Balou du Reventon in front of the spectacular Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris.  Darragh Kenny rode to victory on Balou du Reventon in front of the spectacular Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris.  Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLChantilly – Darragh Kenny rode to victory on Balou du Reventon in front of the spectacular Chateau de Chantilly north of Paris. Hide Caption 7 of 34Ben Maher and Explosion W in action at Chantilly.Ben Maher and Explosion W in action at Chantilly. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBen Maher and Explosion W in action at Chantilly.Hide Caption 8 of 34 The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars provided a stunning setting for round 11 of the Longines Global Champions Tour.    The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars provided a stunning setting for round 11 of the Longines Global Champions Tour.   Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLParis – The Eiffel Tower and the Champ de Mars provided a stunning setting for round 11 of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Hide Caption 9 of 34New dad Christian Ahlmann jumped to his fifth victory on the global circuit.New dad Christian Ahlmann jumped to his fifth victory on the global circuit. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLNew dad Christian Ahlmann jumped to his fifth victory on the global circuit.Hide Caption 10 of 34The glitzy riviera resort of Monaco held the 10th and halfway stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. The glitzy riviera resort of Monaco held the 10th and halfway stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMonaco – The glitzy riviera resort of Monaco held the 10th and halfway stop of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Hide Caption 11 of 34Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten riding Beauville Z dazzled under the floodlights in the principality. Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten riding Beauville Z dazzled under the floodlights in the principality. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDutchman Maikel van der Vleuten riding Beauville Z dazzled under the floodlights in the principality. Hide Caption 12 of 34Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten won the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour riding Beauville Z. Dutchman Maikel van der Vleuten won the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour riding Beauville Z. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDutchman Maikel van der Vleuten won the Monaco leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour riding Beauville Z. Hide Caption 13 of 34Switzerland's Martin Fuchs clinched double victory by winning both the Longines Global Champions Tour event and partnering Ben Maher to triumph in the Global Champions League for London Knights on the Portuguese coast.Switzerland's Martin Fuchs clinched double victory by winning both the Longines Global Champions Tour event and partnering Ben Maher to triumph in the Global Champions League for London Knights on the Portuguese coast. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLCascais, Portgual – Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs clinched double victory by winning both the Longines Global Champions Tour event and partnering Ben Maher to triumph in the Global Champions League for London Knights on the Portuguese coast.Hide Caption 14 of 34Britain's Maher, the defending LGCT overall champion, rode his Explosion W to second in the individual Grand Prix in Cascais.Britain's Maher, the defending LGCT overall champion, rode his Explosion W to second in the individual Grand Prix in Cascais. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBritain’s Maher, the defending LGCT overall champion, rode his Explosion W to second in the individual Grand Prix in Cascais.Hide Caption 15 of 34Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLStockholm, Sweden – Peder Fredricson celebrates after winning the inaugural LGCT in the Olympic Stadium in Stockholm.Hide Caption 16 of 34The Swedish capital welcomed the Global Champions Tour for the first time in June 2019. The Swedish capital welcomed the Global Champions Tour for the first time in June 2019. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLThe Swedish capital welcomed the Global Champions Tour for the first time in June 2019. Hide Caption 17 of 34The "City of Stars" on the French Riviera hosted round seven of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. The "City of Stars" on the French Riviera hosted round seven of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLCannes, France – The “City of Stars” on the French Riviera hosted round seven of the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League. Hide Caption 18 of 34Belgium's Niels Bruynseels riding Gancia de Muze edged British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash to win his first LGCT Grand Prix event. Belgium's Niels Bruynseels riding Gancia de Muze edged British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash to win his first LGCT Grand Prix event. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBelgium’s Niels Bruynseels riding Gancia de Muze edged British Olympic gold medalist Scott Brash to win his first LGCT Grand Prix event. Hide Caption 19 of 34Home favorite Daniel Deusser rode Jasmien v. Bisschop to victory in the Hamburg leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.Home favorite Daniel Deusser rode Jasmien v. Bisschop to victory in the Hamburg leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLHamburg, Germany – Home favorite Daniel Deusser rode Jasmien v. Bisschop to victory in the Hamburg leg of the Longines Global Champions Tour.Hide Caption 20 of 34Spectators enjoyed lavish hospitality in the German city as the world's best show jumpers competed just yards from their seats.Spectators enjoyed lavish hospitality in the German city as the world's best show jumpers competed just yards from their seats. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLSpectators enjoyed lavish hospitality in the German city as the world’s best show jumpers competed just yards from their seats.Hide Caption 21 of 34Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights.Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMadrid, Spain – Fuchs rode Chaplin to victory in the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix, as well as partnering Maher to win the Global Champions League title for the London Knights.Hide Caption 22 of 34Van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital.Van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMadrid – Van der Vleuten on Dana Blue finished a narrow second behind Fuchs in the Spanish capital.Hide Caption 23 of 34Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May.Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLShanghai, China – Danielle Goldstein rode Lizziemary to the Longines Global Champions Tour title in Shanghai in early May.Hide Caption 24 of 34Israel's Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off.Israel's Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – Israel’s Goldstein beat Irishman Darragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon by just 0.08 seconds in the jump-off.Hide Caption 25 of 34The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137.The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMiami Beach, USA – The spectacular waterside setting provided a picture-perfect backdrop for the Miami Beach event. Pictured: Georgina Bloomberg riding Chameur 137.Hide Caption 26 of 34Belgium's Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Belgium's Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLBelgium’s Pieter Devos and his 11-year-old Claire Z triumphed in an eight-rider jump-off for his first GCT win since 2014. Hide Caption 27 of 34Devos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish.Devos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDevos beat Harrie Smolders and Don VHP Z by 0.04 seconds in a nail-biting finish.Hide Caption 28 of 34Jerome Guery  and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico.Jerome Guery  and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLMexico City, Mexico – Jerome Guery and Quel Homme de Hus celebrated their first LGCT victory in Mexico.Hide Caption 29 of 34Guery's stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off.Guery's stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – Guery’s stallion was given to him by his best friend two months before the event but they gelled to win a 12-horse jump-off.Hide Caption 30 of 34The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games.The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – The Campo Marte venue, at more than 2,000 feet above sea level, hosted the equestrian events at the 1968 Olympic Games.Hide Caption 31 of 34France's Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d'Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha.France's Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d'Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCLDoha, Qatar – France’s Julien Epaillard and Usual Suspect d’Auge raced to victory in the jump-off in the season opener in Doha.Hide Caption 32 of 34The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha.The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – The event was held at the state-of-the-art Al Shaqab Equestrian Facility in Doha.Hide Caption 33 of 34Britain's Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion.Britain's Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion. Photos: Best images from 2019 Global Champions Tour and GCL – Britain’s Maher came into the 2019 season as overall LGCT defending champion.Hide Caption 34 of 34LGCT-Valkenswaard-Vleutenvalkenswaard lgct equestrianBen Maher on Explosion W GLobal Champions Tour LondonShane Sweetnam on Alejandro GLobal Champions TourWaldman eq berlinLudger Beerbaum on Cool Feeling LGCT BErlinKenny-Chantilly-LGCTBen Maher on Explosion W LGCT Chantillyparis lgctAhlmann-LGCT-ParisMonaco Global Champions Tour general viewMonaco Global Champions Tour general view Maikel van der Vleuten on Beauville ZGlobal Champions TourMartin Fuchs GCT Cascais winnerBen Maher GCT Cascais 2019Peder Fredricson celebrates LGCT Stockholm.GCT Stockholm general viewGlobal Champions Tour Cannes general viewGLobal Champions Tour Niels Bruynseels on Gancia de MuzeDaniel Deusser on Jasmien v. Bisschop global champions tourGlobal Champions Tour Hamburg general view hospitalityFuchs LGCT MadridMaikel van der Vleuten on Dana Blue Global Champions TourDanielle Goldstein on Lizziemary GCT ShanghaiDarragh Kenny on Balou du Reventon GCT ShanghaiGCT Miami season 2019 Georgina Bloomberg on Chameur 137Pieter Devos Claire Z GCT MiamiGCT 2019 season Miami Harrie SmoldersLGCT Guery celebratesLGCT Guery fliesGCT 2019 season Mexico venueGCT Doha 2019 season EpaillardLGCT season 2019 Doha venue GCT season 2019 Doha Ben Maher ‘Details make a big difference’In 2012, the Belgian became the youngest winner of the Calgary Grand Prix event in Canada and has continued to rise up the rankings ever since. “Some people want to get very, very nervous before and I just want to be relaxed and do my own thing,” he said, speaking about his preparation for the LGCT. “The details really make a big difference. Management of the horse, the right schedule, the right breaks in between. It can make a big difference in the end.” Despite his promise, Philippaerts knows he can’t do it all himself. Visit CNN.com/Sport for more news, features and videoIn addition to his father, he relies on a support network of professionals who look after the horses and manage his schedule. “You have to make sure you have the right people around you. A good trainer is very, very important,” he said, in a message to young riders. Watch the video at the top to see Olivier Philippaerts reveal the secrets of his success.

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