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Monday, 13 February 2012

Kevin Staut and Silvana HDC. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.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.

Carusso LS La Silla is born in Mexico at the La Silla stud. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.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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