Once again Diamante De Semilly shone for the Sell Français studbook and easily topped last year’s WB FSH show jumping sires group. His top points-earner was Clooney 51, one of six Cornet Smolensk show jumping offspring that had qualified for the Rio Olympics.
Günter Schumer was another breeder honored at the WB FSH awards at Geneva last December for Chagall Request, the federation’s leading individual show jumping horse and sired by Casals Ask. Fifth-placed Kennan is the only stallion to feature in two disciplines in the 2016 rankings, as the Voltaire son rounds out the eventing top-10 sires too.
He has enjoyed a surge of support following the success of Bertram Allen’s Molly Malone V and Steve Guerra’s London Olympics gold medal winner, Niño DES Buissonnets. The sole Irish-bred Cruising (58th) together with other imports Good (61st), ARD DL Douglas (63rd) and OBOE Quality (66th) are the remaining Irish-based sires in 2016’s top-100.
Leading the way in the United States Equestrian Federation rankings is Che llano Z, cloned by Zangersheide Stud after the Contender son’s premature death, and his top offspring are McCain Ward’s Carlos Z. Inductor (second) has the highest number of progeny (33) recorded in the US sire rankings which, unsurprisingly, feature a range of European household names.
Illustrating the scale of prize money now available on the international circuit is Scott Brash’s prolific winner Ursula XII. The Scottish Sport Horse mare earned just short of £1 million sterling last year, three times the amount won by her stable companion Hello Forever.
Were rankings run on prize money earned, similar to the bloodstock world, that would have given her sire Horn a considerable boost. Which breed is most suitable for you depends on the level of competition as well as the type of jumping in which a rider is interested in competing.
Show jumping requires speed and agility in order to be competitive, while hunter jumpers need more grace and elegance. To compete in eventing, a horse will need to know the basics of dressage, have some speed and agility, and also be strong, fearless, and bold on the open courses.
Height: 14-16 hands Country of Origin: America Characteristics: Quarter horses are known for their strength, athleticism and easy-going temperaments. It’s true that most Quarter Horses are on the small side compared to most of the breeds used for jumping, but for lower-level competition, they are a fantastic choice.
Quarter Horses have tons of strength and muscle, good for powering them over a jump despite their smaller stature. El-ka / Shutterstock.com Height: 13.2-15 hands Country of Origin: Wales Characteristics: Welsh Cobs are known for their athleticism, stamina, and friendly personalities.
They are reliable and stylish, making them a great choice for those who are looking for a horse they can find success with when getting a start in jumping. Height: 13-15 hands Country of Origin: Ireland Characteristics: Connemara ponies are known for their strength, athleticism, and friendly personalities.
Whether for junior exhibitors or petite adults, Connemara's make stellar jumping ponies. Height: 15-17 hands Country of Origin: IrelandCharacteristics: Irish Sport Horses are known for their athleticism, agility, and good dispositions.
Though the Irish Sport Horse was originally bred for fox hunting, the breed has continued to evolve into a top-level jumper. Height: 15-17 hands tall Country of Origin: England Characteristics: Thoroughbreds are known for their speed, athleticism and agility.
The speed and agility, combined with the long legs and fair height of a thoroughbred make it a good choice for a seasoned rider just getting into the lower levels of jumping competition. A cross-country course might be a real challenge for this breed for the same reason, but this depends on the horse.
Height: 16-17 hands Country of Origin: Germany (was Prussia at the time) Characteristics: Trainers are known for their athleticism, style and stamina. The Thoroughbred and Arabian influence in their bloodlines lend plenty of speed and stamina to the breed.
Height: 16 – 17 hands Country of Origin: Germany Characteristics: Holsteins are known for their grace, athleticism and easy-going temperaments. Along with their grace and elegance, the Holstein er is hardworking, athletic, strong, and has a gentle, easy to train nature.
Height: 15-17 hands Country of Origin: Netherlands Characteristics: Dutch Warm bloods are known for their athleticism, style and good disposition. Height: 15.2-17.3 hands Country of Origin: Germany Characteristics: Hanoverian's are known for their athleticism, grace and agility.
These beauties bring everything a serious competitor needs to the highest levels of any Three Day Event, making them one of the best horse breeds for jumping. Height: 16.1 – 17.3 hands Country of Origin: France Characteristics: Sell Français are known for their athleticism, grace, and good temperaments.
The horse breed of choice for recent French Olympic jumping teams is the Sell Français. The Sell Français is a breed built just for jumping, with the right slope to the shoulders, power in the hindquarters, stout legs, and blessed with good endurance.
The Sell Français breed is also suitable for all riders, considering they love people, they are kind and patient, and they are very willing with lots of tries. Height: 16-17 hands Country of Origin: Belgium Characteristics: Belgian Warm bloods are known for their power, athleticism, and good temperaments.
Height: 16.2-17 hands Country of Origin: Germany Characteristics: Oldenburg's are known for their athleticism, willingness to please, and agility. The typical Oldenburg horse has a long neck, is build uphill, and shows impressive strength.
These breeds have shown a great capacity to excel in the show ring or the field of competition throughout history, however, and are usually a good bet. Over the years, this sport has witnessed a number of amazing pairs of riders and horses achieve glory.
This pair of horse and rider led the US to many victories, even achieving a Gold medal at the 1968 Olympics. Snowman was originally a plow horse, who caught the attention of Harry de Leyer when he was being taken to a slaughterhouse.
It was a brilliant jumper is remembered as one of the finest horses in show jumping history today. Another small horse, born in 1950, Stroller was ridden by Marion Cakes during the 1968 Olympics where the pair won the Silver medal.
It was voted the American Grand Prix Association Horse of the Year three times which is a record in itself. A live chestnut colored Belgian horse, Big Ben was ridden by a Canadian, Ian Miller.
It was a good large horse when it was bought by Miller and started participating in show jumping competitions in 1984. It won 6 Spruce Meadows Derbies, alongside receiving more than 40 Grand Prix titles.
Has was a Chilean horse who was trained by Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales to participate in show jumping events. From Welsh ponies and traditional cobs to Arabs, all horses are capable of jumping.
However, years of breeding with performance and discipline in mind have gone into producing sports horses around the globe. In fact, many of the most successful show jumpers and events can be traced back to German or Dutch horses.
As equestrian sport became more popular after WWII, traditional Warm blood breeds, such as the Takeover, were bred with hot-blooded horses, such as the Thoroughbred and the Arab. For example, the Westphalia Warm blood or the Andalusian will naturally excel at top level Dressage.
However, a horse doesn’t have to have five0star breeding to have the guts to dig deep and the brain to save the day when you need it most! Certain breeds dominate top level eventing and show jumping wherever you are in the world.
We’ve put together some of the best breeds for jumping and explained a little about them and why these horses are so good at their job. If you are going to compete in eventing, you will need a horse that has the scope to show jump and the speed and strength to negotiate a tough cross-country course.
The Dutch Warm blood, also known as the KPN, is a talented horse that excels at both dressage and jumping. This is due to their uphill build, attractive paces and agreeable and honest nature.
Because of this, German Warm bloods can vary in conformation, size and appearance, depending on genetic breeding. Generally, German Warm bloods tend to be well-bred horses that are both athletic and intelligent, with plenty of scope for jumping.
These hardy and capable horses are one of the few true Warm blood breeds, and they have a fascinating history behind them. During the war, many of the most valuable Takeover Stallions were protected and moved to West Germany, such as the famous stallion named Hirtensang, who was an important Chestnut sire in the history of the Takeover.
The Takeover is an exceptionally talented horse, characterized by their substance and bone yet refinement with natural elegance. The Takeover breed is repeatedly seen at many elite equestrian sporting events everywhere, from the Olympics to Burgher Horse Trials and Olympia.
Oldenburg's are selectively bred to excel as top level jumping horses, and they consistently perform. As with many other Warm blood breeds, Hanoverian make fantastic jumping horses due to their natural technique over a fence.
The power and grace that they possess allows them to succeed at top level, proving them to be careful yet bold over both show jumps and natural fences. Because of their exceptional paces and strong hinds, they also do well at Dressage and currently hold the no 1 spot for eventing in the WB FSH rankings.
They were originally bred as foxhunting horses, combining the strength of the Irish Draft with the speed of the Thoroughbred.