Nicola is the son of Belgian show jumping star Ludo Philippaerts. His twin brother Olivier also show jumps at the top level. He was a very successful Pony, Junior and Young Rider, winning Junior European Bronze in 2010 and Young Rider European Gold in the Team and Individual event in 2011. His most memorable career moment so far is being part of the European team that won the team event at the 2010 Youth Olympic Games in Singapore. Nicola represented Belgium in his first major senior championship at the 2011 Europeans and competed individually in the 2016 Rio Olympic Games.
2010 Youth Olympics Team Gold medallist with Gippsland Girl
Competed in the 2013 European Championships
Competed in his first FEI World Cup Final in 2014
2011 European Young Rider Team and Individual Gold medallist with HH Carlos Z
2014 Goteburg FEI World Cup Qualifier winner with Donatella-N
2016 Rio Olympic Games for Belgium
2016 League rider for Paris Jets