By Jo de Roo
Photography: FEI, personal collection
On the occasion of the Mechelen ‘Christmas Showjumping Memorial Eric Wauters’, the extraordinary showjumper Igor was crowned as Landbouwleven Horse of the Year. In partnership with Jos Verlooy, Igor has caused a furore in the international showjumping world, including the individual bronze medal and the golden Belgian team medal at the 2019 European Championship in Rotterdam.
Jos Verlooy talks about Igor
Q Tell us about Igor’s particular showjumping qualities?
Q And what about his character?
Igor does have a special character, so I have to show him that I am the boss. Each top horse has a bit of character. I think that a top performer needs that, and Igor has a strong character. I have to admit that he has made me sweat for some years. It feels like he knows that he is special. Now, thanks to his experience and age, it’s becoming better and better. I can see the positive evolution. Igor is developing in an outstanding competitive showjumper.’
My best until now is undoubtedly the performances at the European championship. When we sold 50% of Igor to Mrs. Graziella Janssen, I said that Igor will be very special in my career. He is so special, and I think I will never have a second Igor. I hope that I’m wrong as I’m still young. Igor is a great performer and is ready to collect medals at great tournaments. At the Rotterdam European championship we claimed two medals and it’s only the start of our career. The best is yet to come, but in 2019 I felt that his experience is really starting to show. I learned several things from our participation at the Tryon WEG (2018), so in Rotterdam I had great self-confidence, and in the coming years Igor will only become stronger. He will definitely improve with age.’..To read the complete article you need to be a subscriberCLICK HERE TO SUBSCRIBE TO BREEDING NEWS
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