Karel Schummelketel

Biographical information

RolesCompeted in Olympic Games
Full nameKarel Johan•Schummelketel
Used nameKarel•Schummelketel
Nick/petnamesDe Schum
Born24 September 1897 in Breda, Noord-Brabant (NED)
Died8 January 1981 in Harderwijk, Gelderland (NED)
NOC Netherlands
Medals OG
Gold 0
Silver 1
Bronze 0
Total 1


As a 16-year-old, Karel Schummelketel joined the Cadet School in Alkmaar, later continuing his military education at the Royal Military Academy (KMA) in Breda. Departing for the Dutch East Indies in 1920, he served as a cavalry lieutenant and later adjutant until 1928. Subsequently he was posted to the KMA as a riding instructor. His participation at the 1932 Olympics yielded him a silver medal, the Dutch team being one of the two teams to finish the competition with all riders. In the late 1930s, he returned to the Dutch East Indies again, where he was detained during World War II. He returned to the Netherlands in 1950, after Indonesia gained independence. Later, he was a founder and (from 1969-72) head of the Dutch Equestrian Centre (NHB) in Deurne. He was also an author and editor of riding manuals.


Games Discipline (Sport) / Event NOC / Team Pos Medal As
1932 Summer Olympics Equestrian Eventing (Equestrian) NED Karel Schummelketel
Individual, Men (Olympic) Duiveltje 6
Team, Men (Olympic) Duiveltje / Netherlands 2 Silver