In a recent Did you know…? we discovered that Nolte’s Küchengirl had a very funny birth name; Lord’s Fantastic Mouse. This trigged us into looking into other showjumping horses that has had their names changed, and here are some of the most famous ones. Cian O’Connor’s former super star K Club Lady was originally named Olanda K, while Marco Kutscher’s wonderful stallion Cornet Obolensky had the funny and not so easily pronounced birth name Windows van het Costersveld.
Maikel van der Vleuten’s top horse VDL Groep Verdi was once named Vanquidam M – after his famous father Quidam de Revel. Angelica Augustsson’s hot chestnut mare Mic Mac du Tillard got her named changed when she was sold to American rider Georgina Bloomberg, and was at one point in her career called Midtown du Tillard – a named that was changed back to her original one when she came back to Angelica.
Most of the Eurocommerce horses get their names changed; all of them are named after cities around the world. London was once named Carembar de Muze, and comes from Joris de Brabander’s Stal de Muze. Gerco Schröder’s former top horse Berlin’s birth name was Caspar 48. And the late Hickstead was as a tiny tot given a name that wouldn’t have fitted him quite so well as one of the world’s best and most powerful horses; Hickstead was actually once named Opel.
Jose Larocca’s wonderful Royal Power was originally given the name Prieto H, while Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s fantastic mare Bella Donna 66 at one point in her career was called Oak Grove’s Beirut – a named that was changed back to the mare’s original one in 2011. Janne-Friedrike Meyer’s fantastic grey Holiday by Solitur is another one that had his name changed; the gelding was once called Consens 3.
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