Lanaken, Belgium – September 29, 2020 – Studfarm Zangersheide has confirmed the news that FEI World Cup winner Utamaro d’Ecaussines has been retired from the sport and is already at the the renowned stallion stables in Belgium for breeding.
For the past four years, the 16-year-old Belgian Sport Horse (SBS) stallion had been ridden successfully by William Whitaker (GBR), having won the 2018 €170,000 Longines FEI World Cup CSI 5*-W at Olympia – The London International Horse Show.
The stallion made a grand FEI debut at the 2009 FEI WBFSH Jumping World Breeding Championship for Young Horses, where he placed 11th in the Final for 5-Year-Olds under the saddle of Manuel Fernandez Saro (ESP). Shortly after, the horse was under the reins of Joe Clee (GBR), who developed the him all the way up to five-star level, going on to represent Great Britain at international events. The duo competed at the 2014 FEI World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Caen, France, going on to win the 2015 FEI Jumping Nations Cup of France CSIO 5* at La Baule and the 2015 FEI Jumping Nations Cup of the Netherlands CSIO 5* at Rotterdam.
William Whitaker (GBR) finally took over during the final quarter of 2016 and was successful too, being called to defend the British flag in the 2017 FEI Jumping European Championships. Altogether, the stallion registered 10 FEI-level wins in 292 starts.
For Utamaros’ full FEI profile and results, please click here.
Source: FEI – Fédération Equestre Internationale
Photo: © Olympia / Kit Houghton