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Emerald van ’t Ruytershof retires from the sport

Wednesday, 13 February 2019

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson The wonderful Emerald van ’t Ruytershof retires from the sport. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

After a long and successful career, Emerald van ’t Ruytershof (Diamant de Semilly x Carthago) retires from the sport. The 15-year-old stallion's owner Axel Verlooy announced the news today at the Emerald's Valentine Stallion Presentation in Grobbendonk, Belgium. 

With Harrie Smolders in the saddle, Emerald van ’t Ruytershof was Vice Champion at the 2016 World Cup Final in Gothenburg as well as a finalist at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janiero. Emerald has some impressive victories on his record, such as the CSI5* Grand Prix of Bordeaux in 2018, the Longines Global Champions Tour Grand Prix of Chantilly in 2017 and the World Cup of Washington in 2015. The pair also contributed to Dutch Nations Cups wins in Rotterdam in 2016, in Falsterbo in 2015 as well as in Aachen and Gijon in 2013.

As a breeding stallion, Emerald van 't Ruytershof has already proved himself and his offspring are competing at the highest level. Igor (Emerald x Nabab de Reve) and Jos Verlooy jumped on the Belgian team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018, while Jeunesse van 't Paradijs (Emerald x Heartbreaker) is very successful under Lorenzo de Luca, Imerald van 't Voorhof (Emerald Van't Ruytershof x Bacardi-Orange De Muze) under Paul O'Shea, Sea Coast Kira under Gudrun Patteet (Emerald Van't Ruytershof x Querlybet Hero) – just to mention a few of his famous offspring coming through at the highest level of the sport. 




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