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From youngster to international Grand Prix horse: H&M All In

Tuesday, 08 August 2017
From youngster to international Grand Prix horse

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson H&M All In at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio with Peder Fredricson. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

H&M All In (Kashmir van Schuttershof x Andiamo), a BWP-gelding born in 2006, has conquered the hearts of many jumping fans with one flawless performance after another over the last years. From the individual silver medal at the Rio Olympics with his Swedish rider Peder Fredricson, to winning the five-star Grand Prix in Rotterdam only months away from the Longines European Championships in Gothenburg, it seems All In will be travelling to Sweden in August as one of the hottest medal candidates.

World of Showjumping looks back to find out where this little wonder of a horse actually came from.

All In’s breeder, Bas Huybregts, who lives right on the Dutch border between Breda and Antwerpen and runs Stal De Krochten, explains that even though he and his family have been breeding a lot and always aim for quality, a horse like All In only comes around once in a life time. “For sure I have never had another horse like him,” Bas says. “We breed about 10-15 foals every year, but like with everything you need a bit of luck – and I feel that we were very lucky with All In.”

All In’s mother is a small Andiamo mare. “We have many horses from this family, and she has had two foals since All In. One of them is an approved stallion and he was sold to Sweden, and the other one is just going for approval,” Bas tells. “This year we are planning to use an embryo with Kashmir again.”

“As a young horse All In was really sensitive, and that made him difficult,” Bas tells us. “Putting him under the saddle was not easy – he would just run away. Otherwise he was very nice to handle, it was only when you were sitting on him that he was really watching you.”

“After a few months under the saddle we took him to his first show,” Bas recalls. “The top three horses were ridden by a test rider. Piet Raijmakers was the judge and All In won – but the test rider was very scared,” Bas laughs. “After that there were people who showed interest in him and wanted to buy him – people who were not afraid.  But since he was so special, I felt like I could not just sell him to anybody. I knew he needed good people, good horsemen.”

And along came the Van Hove-brothers from Belgium. Jan and Bart Van Hove bought All In and worked with him for two years. “I am very happy with how they put time and effort in All In,” Bas says. “It was not easy, for sure not. But every time they took him to a show, he went clear!”

The season when he was 6-years-old, Nicola Philippaerts tried All In at a show and agreed with the owners to ride him for them. “He was for sure already then a great horse, he was so careful,” Nicola tells to World of Showjumping.  “He has a huge heart and this you can still see: When he goes into the ring, he wants to give his best and he always wants to be clear.”

Nicola rode All In for one year, and right after the World Championships for Young horses in Lanaken – where as a 7-year-old All In was among the best of his age category – he was sold to Peder Fredricson’s sponsor.

“When he was young, what made him challenging was that he got a bit hot and he was quite spooky about small things. I am very happy to have been a part of this horse’s journey, and it is great to see what Peder has done with him,” Nicola says. “For me, he is one of the best horses in the world at the moment!”

“I think this horse is a great example of what good horsemanship can do – he has been lucky to be with only great horsemen, who have all done a great job with him,” Bas says. “A few weeks ago Peder called me and asked me to come to Rotterdam – so I was there when they won,” he tells. “Of course we will travel to Gothenburg for the Europeans and hope for a win – but like with everything, you need a lot of luck.” 

Watch H&M All In as a 6-year-old:

 


Text © World of Showjumping by Nanna Nieminen // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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