Five-year-old winner – Uppercourt Cappucino (Pacino - Uppercourt Posh x OBOS Quality), ridden by Richard Howley (IRL) Photo FEI/Jeroen Willems

By Jo de Roo
Photography: FEI/Jeroen Willems

As usual, an enormous number of breeders, riders, horse owners, spectators, journalists and sponsors enjoyed top sport and breeding in Lanaken. To satisfy everyone, the organizers presented a diverse program, including the WBCYH, Studbook Zangersheide’s stallion approval, the Belgian seniors showjumping championship, the Sires of the Sires showjumping class, as well as Zangersheide Quality Auctions.

The new world champions

The podium of the five-year-old championship was occupied exclusively by Irish riders. In partnership with Richard Howley, Uppercourt Cappucino became the new world champion. He was bred by Paul O’Byrne by crossing Pacino with Uppercourt Posh (OBOS Quality).

The 22-year-old rider Darragh Ryan and Sir Shutterfly-son CSF Sir George (bred by Shane Connolly) ranked second, followed by Michael Pender riding HHS Vancouver (Indoctro), bred by Marion Hughes. Remarkably, it was Howley’s first participation in the World Breeding Championship for Young Horses: “I came to this world championship with one horse, namely Uppercourt Cappucino. That was my aim in the beginning of the year. The fact that everything went according to plan, gives a great satisfaction.”

Mystic van‘t Hoogeinde (Echo van’t Spieveld - Geena van’t Roosakker x Darco) was laurelled as the world champion of the six-year-old showjumpers. Bred by Rony Thys, BWP-bred Mystic is out of a dam who herself jumped internationally at 1m55, and via her maternal line belongs to the outstanding performance family of Usha van’t Roosakker. Jeroen De Winter and Mystic remained faultless in the final jump-off to cross the line in 33.01 seconds.  finished in 33,01 seconds.

A Colestus daughter bred by Eric Schock claimed the silver medal with Donald Whitaker in her saddle. Out of Caipirinja (Colorit), Chilli posted a faultless  Chilli jump-off in 33.95 seconds. Mano Negra van de Bucxtale (Mylord Carthago - Odile de Haar x Concorde) and Brazilian Thiago Ribas da Costa finished third – zero faults in 35.17 seconds. The Feniram stud farm bred Mano Negra...

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