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Three Rolex watches for WBFSH breeders

At the Rolex WBFSH breeder awards ceremony Saturday night the breeders of the three winning horses of the Rolex WBFSH rankings were honoured with a beautiful Rolex watch

Rodrigo Pessoa, Cornelia Tijssen Crum, Meggy van der Linden Crum, Kent Farrington and Jan Pedersen. Photo: Jess Hoffman.
d. 11-12-2018 - 09:32

Once again, the Rolex WBFSH breeder awards ceremony was hosted by one of the world’s most prestigious equestrian competitions, the CHI Geneva (Concours Hippique International de Genève) at a cocktail reception in Palexpo Geneva, Switzerland.


During the awards a video about the No. 1 horses in the rankings and their breeders is played before the massive crowd in Palexpo, and this is a very captivating and often emotional moment for the breeders.


The president of the WBFSH Jan Pedersen was joined by show jumping legend Rodrigo Pessoa and former No. 1 in the FEI World Rankings, Kent Farrington in conducting the Rolex WBFSH awards ceremony.


The Rolex WBFSH award winning breeder in dressage is the late Peter Crum from the Netherlands for breeding Verdades (KWPN) by Florett As x Goya with 2714 ranking points (Laura Graves/USA). The award was received by his widow Cornelia Tijssen Crum who was accompanied by their daughter Meggy van der Linden Crum.


In show jumping the Rolex WBFSH award winning breeder is Dutch Mario Everse for breeding Zinius (KWPN) by Nabab de Rêve x Kannan with 1620 ranking points (Harrie Smolders/NED). Mario Everse was accompanied by wife Mischa Everse. The couple purchased the stallion Big Star as a three-year-old and sold him as a five-year-old before he developed into one of the best show jumpers in the World under Nick Skelton.


The Rolex WBFSH award winning breeder in eventing is the late Adriaan van Bezouw, The Netherlands for breeding Albano Z (ZANG) by Asca x Babouche van het Gehucht Z with 310 ranking points (Phillip Dutton/USA). The breeder was represented by his son Thomas van Bezouw and wife Marina van Mierlo. Phillip Dutton also rode Mighty Nice ISH in the Rio Olympics, and Mighty Nice’s breeder William Kells (Ireland) was awarded breeder of the year in 2016.