As the year moves towards it's end, the WoSJ-team has looked back on 2012 and picked out the best of the best in this incredible showjumping year!
The WoSJ Horse of the Year; Carlo 273. He might not have jumped at the Olympics, but he has jumped into our hearts – first with Nick Skelton, and then with Sergio Alvarez Moya. What a horse the 11 year old Contender-gelding is; he won two classes at the WEF with Nick in the beginning of the year, won the Longines Grand Prix in La Baule, as well as taking home wins with Nick in Hamburg and Chantilly - before moving on to more success with Sergio. The pair has been second twice in the Rolex FEI World Cup, first in Helsinki and then in Geneva, also bringing home the runner-up position in the Rikstoto Grand Prix in Oslo and the Grand Prix win om home soil in La Coruna at the end of the year. We love, love, love this horse!
The WoSJ Rider of the Year; Steve Guerdat. The 30 year old Swiss rider was runner-up in the Rolex FEI World Cup Final in Den Bosch, and then went on to win Olympic gold in London – both on the extra ordinary Kannan-son Nino des Buisonnets. The pair also took home the Grand Prix in Rio de Janeiro! Steve also brought home some big wins in Lyon, Dublin, Aachen, Cannes, St. Gallen and Zürich. Steve has over 42 000 likes on his Facebook-page, and ended third in the Credit Suisse Sports Awards. Not to forget that Steve posted THE photo on his Facebook fanpage – we salute the open shirt-trick!
The WoSJ Achievement of the Year; Great Britain winning team Olympic gold in London. Ahead of the Games we published a piece on our Olympic favorites, and included the Brits - writing the following; “Great Britain; The British team has some great horses and riders on their team, and will for sure be keen to produce a top result on home soil. Anything else will probably be a disappointment for the British riders, and we are sure Nick, Ben, Peter and Scott will give their all in the team competition.” They did. And it was pure magic when Peter Charles crossed that finish line in the jump-off with Murka’s Vindicat W.
The WoSJ Moment of the Year; Nick Skelton jumping on to the podium at Greenwich Park a bit too early during the medal cermony. His team mates might have laughed at how eager the 55 year old was; we cried – that’s how touched we were by the usually very collected British veteran.
The WoSJ Talent of the Year; Reed Kessler. She’s 18 and rode at the Olympic Games – making history as the youngest Olympic showjumper ever. Reed is a fantastic rider, and her results this year include winning the US showjumping national championship as well as taking home two World Cup qualifiers. She is also a great role model, fun, charismatic – and has all that this sport needs to bring it out to the masses!
The WoSJ Groom of the Year; Impossible to choose one. But as we decide in the Best of the Best, we pick three. Kay Neatham, Terri Fitton and Heidi Mulari are all great girls who do an amazing job with their horses, as well as doing a lot for our readers this year - taking us behind the scenes in their blogs and guest tweets. Thank you!
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