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A tribute to Michel Robert - as the curtain closes for one of the world's greatest riders

Wednesday, 16 October 2013

Yesterday Michel Robert announced that he will retire from the top level of the sport. This is our tribute to one of the world's greatest riders ever; Michel Robert. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

Michel Robert is a very much respected man among his fellow riders, and will for sure be missed on the international showjumping scene when he retires from competing.
 Michel Robert - here seen on Catapulte - has competed at two Olympic Games – and has two team bronze medals from these, one from Seoul in 1988 and one from Barcelona in 1992 …
  … four World Equestrian Games where he has two silver medals from the one in 1994 in The Hauge, then a team bronze from the one in Aachen in 1986 and an individual bronze and a team gold from the one in Dublin in 1982. His last WEG was in Aachen in 2006 were he rode Galet d’Auzay.
 Michel has competed at nine European Championships, and picked up six medals. One individual silver medal in Gijon in 1993, and four team silvers and a team bronze.
 Shaking hands with Sergio Alvarez Moya - as the sportman he will be remembered for always being!
 He has numerous Grand Prix and Nations Cup victories.
 More than that he is known as a fantastic horseman…
 ... a trendsetter (at least in our eyes! According to us Michel was the inventor of the hat trend in Madrid…)...
 … and trainer and mentor for some of the world’s best riders including Penelope Leprevost.
 In 2008 he won the Top 10 Final in Brussels on Kellemoi de Pepita, the same horse that brought him World Cup victory in Vigo in 2011.
 Michel is also an author, and has his own range of DVDs... addition to running Horse Academy.
 Michel is one of the most stylish riders we have had the pleasure to watch. Here he is seen riding to his latest European team medal in Madrid in 2011 on Kellemoi de Pepita – it was a silver one.
 As we will remember his career; on the podium with a huge smile! Thanks to Michel for unforgetable moments!

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