Check out the impressive alumni from Le Lion d’Angers

German star, Michael Jung, steered the Hannoverian, Star Connection, to win the 6-Year-Old category at the FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses 2014 at Le Lion d’Angers in France. (FEI/EventingPhoto.com)

As the 2014 Eventing season winds down during the month of October, we have been researching the length of relationships of top riders and their top horses. A trend of long-term relationships beginning at the one-star level has come to the forefront.

As our third and final article on the topic this month, we wanted to see where the horses from one of the most prestigious young horse events, The FEI World Breeding Eventing Championships for Young Horses at Le Lion d’Angers, are now.

Le Lion d’Angers stringent qualifications:
This event is where the top young horses in Europe face off. The qualifications demand stellar performances even at the required qualifying events:

  1. CCI1* Six year old class: Requires 1 CIC1* + 1 CNC1*
  2. CCI2* Seven year old class: Requires 1 CCI1* + 1 CIC2*

Qualifying events require: zero obstacle penalties on Cross-country and a maximum of four penalties on obstacles (max one rail down) in the Jumping test

2009-2014 Alumni
In the last five years, Le Lion D’Angers has run four times as in 2012 it was cancelled because of rain. Between the two classes there have been 24 top three finishes. Did these promising youngsters continue their winning ways or had they hit their career highs? Interestingly, the majority of this group are actually enjoying flourishing careers. Take a look at these impressive milestones from the graduates of Le Lion D’Angers over the last five years:

Major games medalists:

CCI4* winners:

  • Rolex 2013 – Andrew Nicholson and Quimbo
  • Pau 2011 – William Fox-Pitt and Oslo

CCI4* horses:

FEI winners: 
A staggering 18 out of the 24 top three finishers won FEI events afterwards. FEI wins are no easy feat so a top result at Le Lion d’Angers appears to be a pretty reliable indicator for success in the future.

  • 4* winners – 3 horses (Opgun Luovo,  Quimbo, Oslo)
  • 3* winners – 9 horses
  • 2* winners – 5 horses
  • 1* winners – 1 horse

Few part with successful horses: 
Only six of the 22 horses are now competing with a new rider. Out of these six horses, four have won events with their new rider.

FRH Escada JS: This is the only horse that competed to the four-star level without the rider from the Le Lion D’Angers competition. Ingrid Klimke took over this ride in 2011 from Andreas Brandt’s who had a second place finish in the CCI2*. Ingrid went on to finish 14th at the 2014 WEG on this horse.

Develop talent not false hope: 
This year’s WEG gold and silver medal-winning horses were dominating as six-year-olds. Horses who start on top are likely to stay on top. If you aspire to be competitive on the international stage, you need to be sitting on blatantly talented youngsters, not average ones.

Upcoming opportunities to get talented young horses:

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Michael Jung and Fischerrocana FST winning the 2011 CCI1* at Le Lion d’Angers

 

 

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