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Three best horse breeders awarded

Jaeger-LeCoultre awarded three prizes to celebrate the work of the three best horse breeders at a dinner in Doha organised by the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses 

Roger-Yves Bost, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson, Edwina Alexander-Tops, Paul Grosz, Joop Hanse, Maartje Hanse, HRH Princess Benedikte, Jan Pedersen, Hamad bin Abdul Rahman Al-Attiyah and Frida Beca. Photo:
d. 20-11-2013 - 21:46

The award ceremony taking place Wednesday 20 November was attended by the WBFSH's patron, HRH Princess Benedikte of Denmark, and the WBFSH president, Jan Pedersen. The prizes were awarded to the breeders of the most winning horses of the year in dressage, jumping and eventing.

Dutch breeders Maartje & Joop Hanse, French breeder Agnès Grosz, represented her son Paul Grosz, and Spanish breeder Ramon Beca, represented by his daughters Maria Beca Trias and Frida Beca, were all presented with three Reverso watches personalised with an engraving in recognition of their work. 

– Although breeding is very closely related to the sport, the breeders of the winning horses are not always mentioned at the prize giving ceremonies. Therefore, it is a great pleasure to be able to honour the breeders together with Jaeger-LeCoultre tonight, and give credit where credit is due, said HRH Princess Benedikte.

The gelding Valegro (KWPN) was born in 2002 in Maartje and Joop Hanse’s stud in Holland. Valegro and his British rider Charlotte Dujardin have an amazing dressage track record. They are reigning European champions as well as Olympic champions, and they were also part of the gold winning British team at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

French breeder Agnès Grosz bred the mare Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois (SF) in 2000 at her stud farm Paulois in France. Formerly an excellent rider in the Paris area, she acquired an old manor house in order to create her stud in 1999 together with her husband who is equally fond of horses. Castle Forbes Myrtille Paulois honoured the Selle Français studbook by winning first prize worldwide in the WBFSH jumping ranking.

In eventing the Spanish bred horse Nereo (CDE) has topped the rankings with his rider Andrew Nicholson, New Zealand. Like most horses belonging to Andrew Nicholson, Nereo born in 2000, comes from the Spanish stud farm B.T.4/Casa de Neves owned by Ramon Beca – a former eventing rider himself. Between competitions, Ramon Beca left his horse with Andrew Nicholson to be schooled, which is how the friendship between the two riders was born.

Jaeger-LeCoultre and the WBFSH

For the next two years, Jaeger-LeCoultre will be partnering the World Breeding Federation of Sport Horses, the only international federation of studbooks for sport horses in the world, by supporting the Federation’s rankings that highlight the work of Breeders around the world.

Every month the WBFSH/FEI ranking of each discipline (dressage, jumping and eventing) is published on the federation’s website, which also provides official information on horses competing at international level all around the world, along with their pedigrees and their studbooks.