Showjumping horses have some strange names, and sometimes they are made even stranger when breeders or sponsors make their additions to the names. WoSJ decided to take a look at what some of these additions mean. Let's start with Patrice Delaveau and Kevin Staut who both ride horses with HDC added to their names; this means that the horses are owned by the French stud Le Haras des Coudrettes. Then there are the de Hus-horses – also ridden by Kevin; they are all owned by the Haras de Hus in France, which in reality means Xavier Marie.
Noltes Küchengirl was once named Lord's Fantastic Mouse – but with the kitchen making sponsor Nolte Küchen 'Küche' got a name that fitted her owner. Both Malin Baryard-Johnsson and Peder Fredricson are sponsored by Swedish clothing giant Hennes & Mauritz – hence the letters H&M added to their horses' names.
Ludger Beerbaum and Marco Kutscher both have horses with FRH attached to their names – such as Gotha 18 FRH. The three letters mean that the horses are under sponsorship of 'Der Verein zur Förderung des Reitsports auf hannoverschen Pferden' – or in English; an association that promotes the Hanoverians in the horse sport.
Hello Sailor (once named Saillant D) and Hello Boyo (who had the birth name Tenor F M) – ridden by British rider Tina Fletcher – got their prefix from their owners Lady Harris & Lady Kirkham. French stallions sometimes have *HN added to their names – such as Penelope Leprevost's Mylord Carthago *HN. The two letters simply mean that the horse is owned by Les Haras Nationaux; the National Stud in France.
The horses with De Muze added to their names come from Joris Brabander's famous stable in Belgium, while the La Silla have a connection to the Mexican stud and it's owner Alfonso Romo – if the horses are born there they are marked with LS after their names as well.
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