What a year again for the Belgian sport of show jumping! Wherever there was jumping, the Belgian horses raced to the front, with many successes as a result. It did not make it easy to select the ten horses that could compete for the title of “Horse of the Year”. Farm life leaves the choice to you now!
Following the long tradition, Landbouwleven organizes a referendum in collaboration with Jumping Mechelen: “Agricultural Life Horse of the Year”. As the name suggests, this election gives the Belgian (and international) connoisseur the opportunity to give a Belgian horse (read: a horse registered in a Belgian breeding book) additional praise based on its accomplishments. . Naturally, the breeder, rider, and owner(s) get in on the fun.
Fortunately, the Agriculture Jury was able to resolve the almost insoluble knot and selected ten horses listed below. Their work is done with that. Now it’s up to you to decide which of these ten can really add the coveted title of “Horse of the Year” to his already rich palm.
One of the most eye-catching and successful horses of the past year was of course BWP King Edward (ex-King Edward Race, by Edward 28). In last year’s WBFSH rankings, he was rightfully shinning at #1. His rider Henrik von Eckermann is also in first place. They have cemented this situation a lot in the past year, with no less than two gold medals at the World Equestrian Games in Herning (World Equestrian Games, WEG), both individually and with the Swedish team.
They also won the GP5* of Saint Tropez and the GP5* of Prague. And then we mention only the victories, and not the numerous places of honor. It’s an amazing year for this twelve year old breeding product from Wim Impens.
Belgian horses registered in WEG
The Swedes were good allies in the Belgian horses anyway. They achieved their team’s gold medal in Herning by having no fewer than 3 tackles in their ranks. Besides King Edward, SBS’er H&M All In (by Kashmir van Schuttershof, Breeder: Bas Huijbregts), ridden by Peder Fredriksson, and BWP’er H&M Indiana (formerly Indiana C&C, ridden by Kashmir van Schuttershof, Breeder: W. Ridden by Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Vanderlinden-van Turtelboom-Ruys did their part. This Swedish victory gave a special Belgian touch. The latter pair also won the 5-Star in St. Tropez.
Herning also turned out to be fertile ground for the Brits, who won a team bronze, with Hello Jefferson (ex-Jerenmias van het Hulstenhof, s. Cooper vd Heffinck, breeder: Bernard Moles) and Scott Brush in their ranks.
Also successes in Aachen and Calgary
So WEG has already fielded the necessary candidates, but the Belgian horses haven’t disappointed in other key appointments either. Daniel Dusser and Killer Queen VDM (by Eldorado van de Zyschock), for example, have now also won another famous Rolex GP, the one in Calgary, after the Rolex GP in Aachen (2021). So the list of honors for the Bruggeman family breeding product began to grow.
In Aachen it was up to Katanga v/h Dingeshof (against VDL Cardento, Breeder: Jaak Vermeulen) to jump into the limelight. Under Nicolas Philiberts, this mare vaulted to bronze. Moreover, this duo has also individually placed in the top ten of the World Equestrian Games.
There are many illustrious names on this list, and the following two sound familiar as well. They’ve already been starring on this list before. And this is not the only similarity between the two horses. Both Dominator 2000 Z (s. Diamant de Semilly) and Tobago Z (s. Tangelo van de Zuuthoeve) are certified stallions registered at birth with Studbook Zangersheide. Moreover, both horses perform at the highest level with the best German rider.
Christian Uhlmann drove a Dominator 2000 Z (Breeders: Corthouts-Foriers) last year to victories in the GP5* of Stockholm and the GP5* of Hamburg, among others. Tobago Z (Breeder: Jonas Bellemans) has also been good for at least two wins at the highest level. Under Daniel Deuser, the chestnut stallion triumphed at Den Bosch and New York, among other places.
Newcomers to the list
The last two candidates are more recent names, but their accomplishments are no less. BWP’s Kalinka van de Nachtigele recently attracted attention by winning the GP5* race and World Cup round of World Cup competition in Helsinki with Angelica Augustsson-Zanotelli in the saddle. Kalinka was bred by Marcel Jacobs of Wignegem.
The last filter bred in the province of Antwerp. It is about a 14 year old BWP’er Emerald van ‘t Voorhof (s. Emerald van ‘t Ruytershof, Breeder: Frans Voeten) who has won no fewer than two GP5* races in Calgary under Irishman Paul O’Shea Last summer, on one of Spruce Meadows’ wonderful turf runs.
source: countryside life – Arnott Copters