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Balou du Reventon wins USEF's 2021 International Horse of the Year title

Sunday, 16 January 2022

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson/WoSJ Brian Moggre and Balou du Reventon at last year's Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup in Aachen. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Balou du Reventon (Cornet Obolensky x Continue) has been voted the 2021 International Horse of the Year by the members of the US Equestrian Federation, and was honored during the SmartPak/USEF Horse of the Year Awards Dinner Celebration on January 15.

The 16-year-old stallion, owned by Ann Thompson, had a tremendous 2021 with Brian Moggre in the saddle. About their achievements, USEF detailed:

"Balou du Reventon, ridden by Brian Moggre and owned by Ann Thompson, had one of the most successful years of his jumping career in 2021, representing the United States in multiple international competitions and being short listed to the U.S. Jumping Team for the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games. The Oldenburg stallion has had successful results with several international riders, but no success has come faster than with Moggre in the irons.  

Following Moggre taking over the ride in 2020, the duo was selected to represent the U.S. Jumping Team at the Wellington CSIO4*, where the team took their first win of the 2021 season. The pair then represented the U.S. in FEI Jumping Nations Cup Poland CSIO5*, where the team finished seventh, before securing an impressive victory in the Longines 1.60m Grand Prix CSIO5*. The pair finished in ninth at the Rolex 1.60m Grand Prix at the Royal Windsor CSI5* before being named as a Reserve to the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games Team. Moggre and Balou du Reventon were then selected to represent the the prestigious CHIO Aachen in September, where they lifted the U.S. Jumping Team to their first gold-medal finish at the event since 2005 in the Mercedes Benz Aachen Nations Cup with their double-clear effort. To conclude their remarkable year, the pair capped the weekend with a thrilling second-place finish in the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen, one of the most difficult classes in the world. In total, the pair were clear in five consecutive 5* Grand Prix classes in a row in 2021."

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