Valkenswaard, The Netherlands – October 01, 2023 – The inaugural WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy concluded its highly-anticipated competition with a spectacular final day that had everyone on the edge of their seats. This groundbreaking event, which brought together some of the world’s finest studbooks in a unique showdown, has truly left its mark.
The WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy introduced an exciting new format that challenged the riders’ skills, versatility, and teamwork. It featured a blend of traditional show jumping elements and innovative team-oriented challenges, creating an electrifying atmosphere for both riders and spectators alike. This fresh format added a unique twist to the world of equestrian sports, captivating the hearts of fans worldwide.
It all came down to the very final fence in the 7 year old Championship. Last to go Selle Francais looked on track to take the crown until two down from their last to go handed the win to KWPN.
KWPN were the second team to go and held the lead from the start. Finishing on a team total of 13 faults the squad of Let’s Wait and See HX (Owner: Hx Breeding / Breeder: Stal Hendrix) ridden by Gaj Riossa, Loekie-Douglas (Owner: Johannes Woudstra / Breeder: Vof Platenkamp & Evenhuis Services) ridden by Hilde Woudstra and Lavesther (Owner: Bas Moerings / Breeder: G.J.A. Moerings) ridden by Bas Moerings delivered in front of the home crowd.
Anglo European Studbook featuring Wild Star HF (Owner: Haddon Farms / Breeder: Nicholas Ward) ridden by Emily Ward, If Evers Girl (Owner: Abbie Summers / Breeder: Harry Whall) ridden by Benjamin Bick and Gamil (Owner: Carron Nicol / Breeder: Tops Horse Trading BV & Camaran Stavble BV) ridden by Leo Lamb held their nerve to secure silver medal position on 16 penalty-points.
While last to go Selle Francais had to settle for Bronze at the Longines Tops International Arena this time with their team of Giorgio d’Ellipse (Owner: S.N.C. Ellipse / Breeder: S.N.C. Ellipse) ridden by Robin Lesqueren, Grand Duc du Paradiso (Owner: Alain Leclercq, E.A.R.L. Quibel Stables / Breeder: Jean Marie Lefevre) ridden by Sara Brionne and Gengis Kann de Londe ( Owner: Mathias Spilmann, Pierre Spilmann / Breeder: Pierre Spilmann/Mathias Spilmann) ridden by Emeric George finishing on 16 penalty-points as well but in a slower time.
Final Results – WBFSH Studbooks Jumping Global Champions Trophy 7-Year-Olds Team Final
1) KWPN – Royal Dutch Sport Horse – 13 / 243.68
2) Anglo European Studbook – 16 / 237.03
3) Selle Français – 16 / 240.31
Source: Press Release (edited) from Longines Tops International Arena
Photos: © Tops International Arena / Jorge Cunha