Hippomundo provides multiple rankings comparing riders, breeders, horses, countries and more based on several different variables. One of our own rankings classes young horses of five, six, and seven years old by the points they have received by their performances in international classes. Points are rewarded to young horses depending on the level of difficulty of the class and the result of their performance. As we have come to the end of this frustrating year, we would like to take a look at some of the most successful seven-year-old showjumpers of the past year.
The most successful seven-year-old of 2020 was the Irish stallion, Kingsborough Kasper, bred by Cliodhna Carrol. He is a son of Kannan with a mother by Revenge W and is currently owned by Ian Dowie. Under the saddle of British lady rider, Louise Saywell, he jumped to numerous placings in the international seven-year-old classes with multiple victories in Oliva, Royan and Göteborg.
Q Seven is a Hannoverian gelding bred by Manfred Schäfer. This son of FRH Quaid was 2020’s second most successful seven-year-old of the year. His mother, Sensation II, by Stakkato, has given several other international Grand Prix horses, such as Quadam, by Quite Easy I, who competed up to the highest level internationally in the USA under Hayley Carlson and Leslie-Burr-Howard. Q Seven has two full siblings who have been successful at the 1.45m-level: Quinn 38 did so with the Brazilian rider, Joao Victor Castro and Quick Step 86 under Italian rider, Francesca Ciriesi. With British rider, Emma Stoker, the gelding won all six classes he jumped during their tour in Valencia, as well as claiming multiple victories in Lier, Saint Tropez and Vejer de la Frontera.
Completing the podium is the SIES-mare, Symphony. She is a daughter of Parco out of the Tristan de Quelem-mother, Reine du May. Reine du May competed internationally up to 1.55m-level with yet another British lady-rider, Laura Renwick who also rode her daughter to several wins and top-three-placings in the international seven-year-old classes, mostly in Vilamoura.
Number One finishes just outside the top three of most successful seven-year-olds of the year. This breeding product of Stephex Stables and Marc van Dijck is a son of Presley Boy out of Gladys, by Wandor van de Mispelaere. Gladys herself competed up to 1.60m-level mainly with Swedish rider, Jonna Ekberg in the saddle. With Kendra Claricia Brinkop at the reins, Number One placed and won several seven-year-old classes in Oliva, Lier and others.
The fifth best seven-year-old of 2020 is the KWPN-mare Irinka Lady, bred by A.W. Kroot and owned by Matthew Sampson (GBR). She is a daughter of Etoulon VDL and Eldorado Lady M, by Eldorado van de Zeshoek, who jumped up to 1.35m-level internationally. With Canadian rider, Kara Chad in the saddle, the mare was placed in almost all the classes she competed in in Vejer de la Frontera and Valencia, as well as claiming several victories.