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The breeding of the Olympic finalists

25-08-2008

Hong Kong has hosted a phenomenal Olympic Games for the equestrian sport. The winning nations and their riders and horses have been celebrated for their great contribution to the sport.



With this article we want to focus on the studbooks behind the horses that were so successful in Hong Kong.

From a breeding perspective it is highly remarkable that all three medals in the dressage final were won by horses from the same studbook. Exactly the same rare situation counts for the show jumping final.

15 horses had qualified for the freestyle test counting as the finale of the Olympic dressage competition. These 15 horses have their origins in 6 different studbooks.
5 horses from Verband Hannoverscher Pferdezüchter e.V.
4 horses from Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland.
2 horses from Danish Warmblood Society.
2 horses from Swedish Warmblood Association.
1 horse from Verband der Züchter des Oldenburger Pferdes e.V.
1 horse of non-listed Russian origin.
The individual gold, silver and bronze medals were all won by Hanoverian horses.

On the photo to the right individual dressage gold medal winner Anky vand Grunsven from the Netherlands with her Hanoverian Salinero (Photo: Ridehesten.com).

On the photo to the left the winner of the individual gold medal in show jumping Eric Lamaze from Canada and his Dutch bred horse Hickstead (Photo: Ridehesten.com).

The individual final for the jumpers had 22 horses qualified, representing 9 different studbooks.

The individual gold, silver and bronze medals were all won by KWPN-horses.

The finalists represent the following studbooks:

6 horses from Koninklijk Warmbloed Paardenstamboek Nederland.
5 horses from Verband der Züchter des Holsteiner Pferdes e.V.
2 horses from Belgisch Warmbloedpaard v.z.w.
2 horses from Westfälisches Pferdestammbuch e.V.
2 horses from Stud-book Français du Cheval Selle Français
1 horse from Verband Hannoverscher Pferdezüchter e.V.
1 horse from Verband der Züchter des Oldenburger Pferdes e.V.
1 horse from Stud-book Zangersheide
1 horse from Irish Sport Horse
1 horse of non-listed origin.