By Charlotte Dekker / KWPN
Photography: Dirk Caremans
At the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Dutch horses secured the largest number of medals, with KWPN horses scoring one gold and two silver medals with their respective riders. Although bronze was especially dazzling and with an orange rim...
Out of the seven medals that were acquired by the Netherlands-bred horses, five flew to Great Britain, including the well-deserved individual gold medal won by Ben Maher and Explosion W (Chacco Blue - Uarina ster prest sport-spr x Baloubet du Rouet, bred by Willy Wijnen, Berlicum). Explosion W and Maher took the lead in the thrilling individual jumping final, and negotiated the jump-off at a breathtaking pace, stopping the clock in an unbeatable time.
Other medalists had a Dutch touch, too: Silver for Kashmir van’t Schuttershof son, H&M All In out of a KWPN damline, ridden by Sweden’s Peder Fredricson, while bronze medallist Beauville Z (Bustique) with Maikel van der Vleuten came out of a KWPN-dam. A total of 45 KWPN horses travelled to Tokyo, with breeders all receiving a bouquet of flowers from KWPN.
Great Britain turns orange
A strong performance was delivered by Great Britain’s dressage team, to win bronze. Limited to three members due to the new Olympic no-drop-score format, they all saddled KWPN horses for the event... To read the complete article you need to be a subscriber
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