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Armitages Boy retires from the sport to focus on breeding career

Saturday, 13 April 2019

Photo © World of Showjumping by Jenny Abrahamsson Lorenzo de Luca with Armitages Boy. Photo © World of Showjumping by Jenny Abrahamsson.


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The now 17-year-old stallion Armitages Boy (Armitage x Feo) will be retired from the sport, and will in the future focus on his breeding career. 

Armitages Boy has had a very successful career, both under French rider Aymeric de Ponnat and Italy’s Lorenzo De Luca – who took over the reins in 2016. 

With De Ponnat, Armitages Boy contributed to the French victory in the 2013 Nation Cup Final in Barcelona as well as being on the winning French team in La Baule in 2014. The pair also has several good Grand Prix results together and competed at the 2013 European Championships in Herning where they finished 11th individually.

Under De Luca, the stallion was on the winning Italian Nations Cup team in St. Gallen in 2017 as well as being double clear in the Nations Cup in Rotterdam – helping the Italian team to a third place. That same year, the two were also 4th in the CSI5* LGCT Grand Prix classes in Madrid and Mexico and also competed at the European Championships in Gothenburg. In January this year, the pair finished third in the five-star World Cup in Leipzig. 

“I am very lucky to have had the opportunity to ride such a good horse as Armitages Boy,” Lorenzo De Luca says to World of Showjumping. “He is a very special horse with a fantastic character. He gave me his best every time he was in the ring! I would like to thank Stephan Conter, Guillame Canet and Gregory Mars who gave me the opportunity to ride this fantastic horse that now will focus on his career as stallion. And of course a big thanks Armitages Boy for everything!”


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