Although he did not win that much shows, he is a living legend due to his individual Olympic title he won in Sydney in 2000: De Sjiem.
In 1989 a grey foal was born at Dutch Mr. Boerkamp out of mother Chief (by Wahtamin) who has been served by Aram (by Nimmerdor). Nor a very original name as De Sjiem is Dutch dialect for 'Grey'. It was Dutch Anne van Vulpen who competed De Sjiem first and then he came under Dutch Jeroen Dubbeldam. De Sjiem wasn't an easy horse but jumped everything what could be jumped. Dubbeldam: 'De Sjiem was (and still is) a stubborn horse and it took a year before the click was really there.'
When De Sjiem was nine years old he made his d'ebut at the highest level. Two years later, in 2000, he won gold at the Olympics in Sydney. The year after the won the biggest show on earth, Aachen (Germany).
After jumping for seven years at the highest level, De Sjiem was retired. He said goodbye to his fans at the show in Aachen in 2005 and a year later at Jumping Amsterdam in The Netherlands. In 2010 De Sjiem got a bronze statue.
Nowadays, at the age of 23, he still enjoys his retirement at Stable De Sjiem in Weerselo (The Netherlands).