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Jennifer Gates' Pumped Up Kicks retires from the sport

Friday, 09 October 2020

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Jennifer Gates with Pumed Up Kicks. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

At the age of 17, Jennifer Gates' Pumped Up Kicks (Levisto x San Juan) retires from the sport. 

On her Instagram profile, Gates writes: 

"How do I put into words what this horse has done for me? It might be impossible. ⁠⠀

Kicks has been my loyal showjumping partner for 5 years. He took me to the 1.60m level, my first WEF Saturday Night Lights, representing Team USA, jumping a six bar at 1.84m, and finishing 3rd in a 4* I never would’ve imagined jumping in.⁠⠀

Beyond his athletic ability, it was his spicy personality, heart of gold and quirky tendencies that taught me what it meant to form a true partnership. I had to learn to control my nerves to settle him (and myself!) in the ring in order to keep things together. Kicks thought he could jump anything, and with him, I felt like I could too. ⁠⠀

Kicks has literally taken me around the world, and now It’s my turn to let him enjoy the rest of his years as a sound and healthy horse. I’m so honored to have been his partner, and grateful to everyone who has been part of our journey. ⁠⠀

Happy retirement, Kicks."

Before partnering with Gates in 2015, Pumped Up Kicks was successful with Lillie Keenan in the saddle – jumping Grand Prix classes, Nations Cups and World Cups – as well as with Germany's Heiko Schmidt. 

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