The Seven Most Important Jumping Stallions According to Frederik De Backer

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Published on October 25, 2018


vid show jumping fans know that there are some horses on the startlist you just can’t wait to watch in the ring. With his bombastic personality, mid-course bucks and double-barreled kicks – not to mention flawless technique and otherworldly scope and good looks – Emerald van’t Ruytershof, ridden by World no. 1 Harrie Smolders, is just such a horse. Thankfully for Emerald devotees everywhere, there’s now even more to love about the Belgian stallion: once again this season on the Longines Global Champions Tour (LGCT), his 10-year-old son, Igor, is competing alongside his sire with Belgium’s Jos Verlooy. In both looks and technique, the resemblance is hard to miss.