After he won the individual gold and team silver medals at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hongkong, followed by a bronze medal in the individual competition in this years World Championchips in Kentucky, this horse is one of the worlds most populare jumping horses. The horse we are talking about is of course the faboluos KWPN stallion Hickstead. The stallion’s great achivements have been accomplished togehter with Canada’s Eric Lamaze.
In 2009 he was honoured with the title “horse of the year 2008” in KWPN. This month the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses (WBFSH) published their Final FEI Word Ranking List 2010 for the jumping studbook and all jumping horses in total. Not surprisingly Hickstead and KWPN were listed as number one in both rankings. The WBFSH ranking is a highly prestigious title to be honoured with and include competitions over a year, from 01.10.2009 to 30.09.2010. The ranking is considered as a good tool to compare competitors and horses, segregated in two parts - stallions and all genders. It is also a useful tool for breeders in their evaluation of which stallions perform well in sports. For the full rankings, please visit http://www.wbfsh.org/?GB/Rankings/WBFSH%20rankings/2010.aspx.
Hickstead was born in 1996, and was bred by B. van Schijndel and Maren Kessel in the Netherlands. Now he has Canadian owners; Torrey Pines Stable and Ashland Stables Inc.
He is out of Hamlet and Jomara, and his dam’s sire is Ekstein. These bloodlines have proven to be very successful in the past. Hickstead’s sire Hamlet has several good international results in the sport, in addition to great success in breeding. Within Hickstead’s bloodlines you also find other great showjumping names, one of them beeing Nimmerdor. Ridden by Albert Voorn, Nimmerdor had a lot of triumphs internationally in the World Cup and he has proven to be extremely important to the Dutch breeding. Nimmerdor has over 50 licensed offsprings, amongst them Heartbreaker and Night and Day. In Hickstead’s pedigree you can also find impressive names as Notaris, Ulft, Le Mexico and Joost. As a curiosity, it is worth mentioning that Uflt is the sire of the amazing dressage stallion Ferro, who took the team bronze at the Olympic Games in Sydney - and is one of the most frequented sires in international dressage horse breeding.
Hickstead is licensed and approved in several breeding associations; Hanover, KWPN, Oldenburg, Springpferdezuchtverband Oldenburg-International, Westphalia and Rhineland as well as all Southern German and new German State Verbands. He is also admitted to the Hanoverian Jumper Breeding Program.
To emphasise his exceptional qualities it is worth mentioning that at the WEG he was the only horse managing four clear-rounds with the four different riders in the final. Hickstead was after that named the Best Horse of the discipline. Already at the WEG 2006 Eric Lamaze was sure he had a fabulous horse as he told horseweb.com that;
"He's a great horse and a very good competitor. He's got a great personality, and he's a fun horse to ride because I know him so well. He's feisty, he knows why he is out there, and he knows that knocking down a rail is not good! Some horses just don't get it."
At this year’s WEG Lamaze was asked how he felt about Hickstead being the best horse. With a smile on his face Lamaze said that he already knew Hickstead was the best, and “now these riders know as well”.
Over the last four years Hickstead has proved to be one of the best horses in the world, and we’re looking forward to follow him in the future in sports and breeding.
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