Stepping stone to the WC

We all know the context, this year the FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses could not go ahead. No WC, but since we spend so much time thinking of our beloved event at this time of the year, we decided to find out how the finalists and champions from earlier editions are faring in the sport these days.

In the past decade the number of five-star competitions quickly increased fivefold. The number of five-star horses grew correspondingly and for that the riders and organisers have to thank the breeders. There are many contributing factors and the role of the WC for Young Horses cannot be overlooked.

It is a stepping stone for the breeders: they saw and see which foals do well in the market and which genes stand out.

It is a stepping stone for the traders: for a period of five days the WC is a global market place.

It is a stepping stone for the riders: every rider in the top 20 rides a horse that once jumped at the WC. Comme Il Faut, Emerald, Clooney, H&M All In, Gazelle, Toveks Mary Lou, Sea Coast Pebbles Z, Cas de Liberté Z, Hello M’Lady, Qlassic Bois Margot. The list is long. Each and everyone are five-star winners that also excel at Olympic Games, World Championships and European Championships.  

In 2015 MJT Nevados became World Champion in Lanaken as a 7-year-old, in 2019 he became European Champion in Rotterdam with the Belgian Team.​

Let’s return to the most recent international championship, which was last year, in Rotterdam. For the first time in history Belgium wins the Gold with in their team Claire Z (Clearway), who at some point was sold at the Zangersheide Quality Auction during the WC. MJT Nevados (Calvados Z) was also a member of that Golden Team. In Rotterdam he became European Champion, a few years earlier he became World Champion in Lanaken at the age of seven.

Comme Il Faut had won Silver before at the WC in Lanaken and again secured Silver at the EC in Rotterdam with Germany

Germany captured Silver with for instance Comme Il Faut, out of Ratina Z. Comme Il Faut also once won Silver at the WC when he was a 5-year-old. Scuderia 1918 Tobago Z (Tangelo vd Zuuthoeve) was there too and won the Z-Ranking. Team member Clintrexo Z (Clintissimo Z) was born at Zangersheide. Sweden appeared at the start with three horses who in their young years caught the eye in Lanaken during the WC.

That’s an indication of the reputation the WC has acquired. As a young horse Chaqui Z (Chacco-Blue) jumped in the final of the WC three years in a row. A few years later Chaqui Z won Gold for Ireland at the EC. H&M All In came fourth in Lanaken at the age of seven. Some years later he did even better among the big boys: European Champion and Reserve Olympic Champion.  

Of course any championship for young horses is often a matter of touch-and-go. One rail down and you can forget about the final. Fortunately, they can use it as a learning experience because riders and experts alike are agreed on one thing: within a few years the finalists will be seen in the international circuit. Even if they make a mistake at that tender age during the World Championship. Riders have a feeling for that and traders recognise it.

Every rider in the top 20 rides a horse that once jumped at the WC. 

Comme Il Faut, Emerald, Clooney, H&M All In, Gazelle, Toveks Mary Lou, Sea Coast Pebbles Z, Cas de Liberté Z, Hello M’Lady, Qlassic Bois Margot. 

 

Chaqui Z jumped in the WC final three years running. A few years later he won Gold for Ireland at the EC

2010

  

Harrie Smolders and Emerald good for a Silver medal in 2010. Six years later Harrie and Emerald took part in the Olympics.

In 2010 Cornet d’Amour was on the brink of his international career and progressed to become one of the most lucrative moneymaking sport horses ever.​

 

2011

Toveks Mary Lou has already won over 1.6 million Euros in prize moneys with Henrik von Eckermann in the saddle. In 2011 she achieved a place in the final of the WC at the age of five.​
In 2011 good for a place in the final of the 7-year-olds, five years later Quickly De Kreisker with his rider Abdelkebir Ouaddar represented the Moroccan colours in the Olympic Games of Rio de Janeiro.​

2012

Hello M’Lady (ex Gwindeline) took part in 2011 and 2012 with Guillaume Ruant and is now a fixed duo with Scott Brash. They have already put lots of World Cup- and Global Champions Tour GP victories to their names.

Hello M’Lady (ex Gwindeline) and Scott Brash

 

2013

H&M All In finished 4th in the 7-year-olds with Nicola Philippaerts in 2013. Under Peder Fredricson he went on to become European Champion and Reserve Olympic Champion.​

Reigning European Champion Clooney 51 was one of the finalists at the WC in Zangersheide in 2013​

European Champion Clooney 51​1

 

 

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