Jumping is an extreme test of horsemanship, nerve and skill and a spectacular mix of courage, control and technical ability!
Annual Report 2018
(+91% since 2009)
(+95% since 2009)
(+127% since 2007)
Countries hosted international events
Greatest increase since 2017: Belgium +13 events
Greatest increase since 2017: (China +110 athletes)
Greatest increase since 2017: (China +315 horses)
2018 was a big year for Jumping! Great partnerships and teams were crowned throughout the year, including the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Finals in Paris; the FEI/WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses in Lanaken (BEL); the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon (USA); the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Final in Barcelona (ESP); and the Youth Olympic Games in Buenos Aires (ARG).
There was a turning point for the only global series in a nation versus nation format which places team spirit, horsemanship and passion above everything else with the signing of a long-term title partnership with Longines in 2017. The partnership officially kicked off in Barcelona at the 2017 Final and covers all qualifiers and Finals from 2018 onwards.
Devin Ryan (USA) and Eddie Blue
Beezie Madden (USA) and Breitling LS
Henrik Von Eckermann (SWE) and Toveks Mary Lou
Three thrilling final competitions crowned new champions at the FEI WBFSH World Breeding Jumping Championships for Young Horses 2018 in Lanaken (BEL). Over 700 horses, aged five to seven, came together at the renowned Zangersheide Stud to showcase the best of what the future of Jumping has in stock. The Irish Sport Horse stallion Uppercourt Cappucino had to see off a staggering 235 promising youngsters to win the five-year-old category with 22-year-old Richard Howley (IRL) on board. With 273 starters in the first qualifier, the six-year-old division was the biggest of them all and it came down to a lightning-fast jump-off to decide the champion, Mystic van Hoogeinde and Jeroen De Winter, a 100% Belgian duo. World superstar Christian Ahlmann (GER), home-based in Zangersheide, claimed the seven-year-old category with the Oldenburger stallion Solid Gold Z.
5-year-old horses participated
6-year-old horses participated
7-year-old horses participated
CSF Sir George (Irish Sport Horse) with athlete Darragh Ryan (IRL)
Uppercut Cappucino (Irish Sport Horse) with athlete Richard Howley (IRL)
HHS Vancouver (Irish Sport Horse) with athlete Michael Pender (IRL)
Chilli (BRAND Studbook) with athlete Donald Whitaker (GBR)
Mystic Van ‘T Hoogeinde (Belgian Warmblood) with athlete Jeroen De Winter (BEL)
Mano Negra Van De Bucxtale (Belgian Warmblood) with athlete Thiago Ribas Da Costa (BRA)
Grandorado TN (KWPN Studbook) with athlete Willem Greve (NED)
Solid Gold Z (Oldenburg Studbook) with athlete Christian Ahlmann (GER)
Sea Coast Crystal De Leau (E.T) (Luxembourg studbook) with athlete Gudrun Patteet (BEL)
“It was a perfect day”, were the words of Simone Blum when looking back on her biggest achievement to date. On 23 September the German amazon carved her name into the history books of equestrian sport by becoming the first woman ever to win the FEI World Equestrian Games™, and only the second female athlete in the 65-year history of the World Jumping Championships to take the individual title. Together with her extraordinary mare DSP Alice, she made a strong entrance from the beginning, lining up one clear round after another. In a final that kept spectators on the edges of their seats, she produced two more fantastic clear rounds and took individual gold ahead of Switzerland’s Martin Fuchs riding Clooney, and Steve Guerdat and Bianca who bagged the bronze. Team gold went to host nation USA following a thrilling jump-off with Sweden, while Germany claimed bronze.
Jump-off for team gold at FEI World Equestrian Games™
Teams earned Olympic qualification: USA, SWE, GER, SUI, NED, AUS
Martin Fuchs (SUI) and Clooney 51
Simone Blum (GER) and DSP Alice
Steve Guerdat (SUI) and Albfuehren’s Bianca
It was a tense and thrilling final of the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ series 2018 at the Real Club de Polo in Barcelona (ESP). With all eight nations that qualified from the first round starting again on a zero scoreline, and just one more round of jumping to decide the new champions, it was a roller-coaster ride over a big, challenging track set by Spanish course designer Santiago Varela. And, in the best sporting tradition, it was impossible to guess the outcome until the very end. Delivering the only two clear rounds of the day, Team Belgium, also known as the “Never Give Up Team” took home the well-deserved victory. They shared the podium with France in second and Ireland in third.
(Austria, Italy, Sweden, Belgium, Netherlands, Ireland, Switzerland, France, Germany, United States of America, Canada, Great Britain, Brazil, United Arab Emirates, Spain)
Thirty athletes from 30 nations competing on borrowed horses convened in Buenos Aires for the 3rd edition of the Youth Olympic Games with both individual and team medals up for grabs. Team Europe had won the past editions of YOG, but in 2018 history was rewritten at the Club Hipico Argentino when North America won the title following a suspense-filled jump-off against Team Europe while third place went to Team Africa.
For individual honours, the slate was wiped clean for the two-round final where all the athletes set off on a zero score, with a packed stadium and under the watchful eye of IOC President Thomas Bach. Thirteen athletes went clear in the first round and the following day, five of them – including home athlete Richard Kierkegaard – were foot-perfect to force a jump-off for the medals. With only two clear against the clock, it was Italian athlete Giacomo Casadei who came out triumphant as the new YOG champion. Silver went to Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi (UAE) and bronze to Pedro Espinosa (HON), securing the first YOG medals for these two nations in equestrian sport.
New Nations (Bolivia, Haiti, Hungary, Honduras, Iraq, Jordan, Mauritius, Mexico, Uzbekistan, Venezuela and Zambia)
Omar Abdul Aziz Al Marzooqi (UAE) and La Corina Lala
Giacomo Casadei (ITA) and Darna Z
Pedro Jose Espinosa (HON) and Llavaneras Genquina
In 2018, the FEI launched the FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Youth series which includes four categories: Children, Ponies, Juniors and Young Riders. Youth featured predominantly on the FEI’s calendar in 2018 and the creation of this series was welcomed with great enthusiasm and success.
Final in Opglabbeek (BEL)