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Top showjumping horse rakes in more than $1.5m in 2017

Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle, 2016 - Photo FEI/Anthony Trollop

Kent Farrington (USA) and Gazelle.

© FEI/Anthony Trollop


By Equestrian Life

Gazelle by name and by nature, Kent Farrington’s star horse was the highest earner in 2017 — raking in a whopping €1,026,435 or more than AUD$1,500,000.

With a win rate of 20% and place rate of 55%, Gazelle was the highest earner across all three disciplines (showjumping, eventing and dressage). Of course, with much higher prize money, the showjumpers typically earned a lot more in general than horses from the other two disciplines. Grey stallion LB Convall, ridden by Philipp Weishaupt, was next with earnings of €807,648, or more than AUD$1,200,000. Fit for Fun 13 (ridden by Luciana Diniz) and HH Azur (ridden by McLain Ward) both also cracked the AUD$1 million mark.

Edwina Tops-Alexander’s California finished 2017 with €326,807 (more than AUD$480,000) in prize money.

In the dressage world, it was Isabell Werth’s ride in Weihegold OLD who topped the list with €243,420 (more than AUD$360,000) in prize money. The horse also had an impressive 92.9% win rate and 100% place rate.


 Isabel and Weihegold ready for the GP

Isabell Werth and Weihegold OL.

© Roger Fitzhardinge

In eventing, it was Andrew Nicholson’s seasoned campaigner Nereo who topped the list with €142,510 (more than AUD$210,000). The horse had a 33.3% winning strike rate in 2017 and placed 100% of the time. Chris Burton’s ride, Graf Liberty, was 22nd on the list with €25,450 (more than AUD$38,000).


Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Nereo ©Kit Houghton

Andrew Nicholson (NZL) riding Nereo.

© Kit Houghton

The complete lists for each discipline can be found on Hippomundo.




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