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Jumping or show jumping is a competitive sport that requires a horse to hurdle a set of obstacles whilst being judged on speed and ability.

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A History of the Puissance

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AGAINST THE WALL

A History of the Puissance

By Ellie Kelly, Horse Scout Team Press.

It is a leap of faith that requires the most extraordinary levels of trust between horse and human. If you have ever ridden down to a big fence you know that feeling- a mixture of excitement and adrenalin coupled with fear and trepidation. So jumping a 2.13m (7ft) wall whilst a crowd of thousands sit motionless, takes a certain kind of mind set, that of Horse Scout professionals!

The Puissance is one of the most famous and perhaps for spectators, the most exhilarating show jumping competitions in the world. It is always one of the first performances to sell out at the London International Horse Show where it traditionally takes place on Thursday evening. Olympia’s Puissance is one of the most famous and respected competitions worldwide and for this reason has attracted sponsorship from Porsche so it is now known at the Cayenne Puissance.

Essentially a high jump competition, the word “Puissance” was derived from the Anglo-French word meaning “power” which also reflects the requirements of a good Puissance horse, together with a large dose of pluck and trust in their rider.

Today’s Puissance competition is essentially the development of a horse high jump competition which began over one hundred years ago. Historical sources suggest that the event was contested once at the Olympic Games in 1900. Whilst the original version involved jumping a single, slightly sloping fence made from a hedge topped with timber rails, today the formula consists of “the wall” built of hollow red bricks made from wood. This is for safety reasons so that they tumble easily when the jump is knocked.

The World Record was set in 1991 when German Rider, Frank Sloothaak aboard Optiebeurs Golo, jumped 2.38m (7ft10 ins). Until that it was Nick Skelton who held the record which he achieved in 1978 when he and “Lastic” jumped 2.31m (7ft 7 ins) at Olympia. Nick still holds the Olympia Puissance record to this day. However records suggest that the record for the equestrian high jump stands at 2.46m (8ft 1ins) was achieved by Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales in Chili, in 1949.

At The London International Horse Show,  the class involves a maximum of five rounds- the first round followed by four jump-offs. Accuracy, power and nerves of steel are key and there is certainly no room for even minute error for horse or rider, when jumping such colossal fences. There is always at least one other fence placed in the arena so riders jump a “warm-up” fence before coming to the great wall. The starting heights can vary and for the subsequent jump-offs, the jumps are raised for each round. The winner is of course the horse and rider who jumps that famous brick wall at the greatest height. In the event of equality after the fifth round, riders share first prize and sometimes riders choose to bow out gracefully whilst they are equal first and share top spot with their rivals. First prize is worth £20,000 so it is taken very seriously.

Show jumping’s most famous family- The Whitaker’s, have been particularly successful in this competition. John Whitaker holds the record for winning the most amount of Puissance’s at Olympia whilst his son Robert is a Puissance genius and holds the record for jumping the class bareback (without a saddle). Robert’s cousin Ellen Whitaker has been one of the most successful female Puissance competitors and her brother William holds the record for being the youngest winner of the Olympia Puissance.

Robert Whitaker has won over 20 Puissance competitions and 13 consecutively on the impressive chestnut Finbarr jumping over 2.26m (7ft 5)ins  on one occasion in Dublin. “To win any class at Olympia is fantastic but I think the Puissance is even more special.” Says Robert. “It’s a class the crowds love, Finbarr was particularly popular because he’s this big horse with an even bigger jump. Although he certainly had his own style and technique jumping that wall.”

Robert and his horse Waterstone hold the record for bare back puissance clearing just under 2.1m (7ft). “It was one of those occasions where everything just went to plan on the night as Waterstone had never jumped a puissance before or even practised at home” says Robert.

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Top quality Showjumpers for sale on Horse Scout

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Horse Scout  horses for sale classifieds are selling the best horses on the market.

£100,000
Jaffar is an extremely competitive winner at 1.40m and 1.45m level with an incredible list of results including winning every 7yo GP in MET 2 2016. if you like to win then this is the horse for you.
STATS – 16.2hh 8yo gelding, sire Lord Z and damsire Darco.

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Very powerful and careful gelding with a great technique over the jump, competitive in 1.30m classes and placing in 1.40m. Never stops, no vices, with a proper training will progress to Grand Prix. Ranked 18th in the Gold League.

STATS – 17hh 8yo Westphalian gelding, Sire Stedinger, grandsire Sandro Hit

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£35,000
This quality homebred is a fantastic model of a horse with a fabulous technique over his fences. He has a great amount of scope and is a prolific winner in his class. He has won a 6 bar contest, won 1.30m and qualified Blue chip B&C final. Grade A with wins too numerous to mention. A horse for the future with a great amount of talent.
STATS – 16.3hh 8yo Warmblood gelding by Darius

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£16,000
Fabulous opportunity for ambitious rider looking to gain more experience at the higher levels. Scooby has jumped up to 1.40m level – jumping at the big UK arenas including Hickstead (Derby Stakes) and Royal Windsor and out in Vilamoura Portugal in 2016. Good on the flat with 3 good paces, good flying changes and a great working attitude. Ridden and jumped in a snaffle mouth, This experienced horse really knows his job.
STATS – 16.3hh 11yo bay Selle Francais gelding, sire Iolisco De Quinhon

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William Funnell, The Billy Stud and Horse Scout

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Horse Scout are thrilled to announce ‘Billy Congo’ as the most connected Stallion of 2016!

 

v7a4173aHorse Scout do a good job of promoting The Billy Stud, and allow people all over the world to know about us”. – William Funnell 

 

Billy Congo is by the AES & Irish Horse Board Approved stallion Vechta, who is by the famous world class sire Voltaire. Vechta’s extended pedigree carries 3 crosses to influential TB stallions Lucky Boy, Cottage Son and Furioso and top level performance sports horses. These performers and progeny include the great For Pleasure, Heisman, Faust Z and Maximillian Voltucky, Champion young stallion at the SHB (GB) stallion grading.

 

Horse Scout Team are thrilled to see organic connections building on his profile, showing how well he stamps his stock as a fabulous jumping sire. Fellow jump riders endorse Billy Congo, including Steven Franks, with multiple successes with Billy Ginger, one of many Billy Congo offspring !

 

Horse Scout are currently advertising three horses for sale by the illustrious Billy Congo- a BE 100 eventer (Billy Opaque) and a BE Novice eventer (Billy Chicago),  both ready to progress to the next level, and a 6 year old showjumper in Ireland.

 

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For sale through Horse Scout produced by Aspire Sports Horses

SERIOUS GRAND PRIX PROSPECT

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Listed on Horse Scout For Sale pages is a very special mare produced by Stefi Szczerba for Aspire Sports Horses based in Cheshire

In fact Stefi has three seriously exciting horses for sale list on our Horse Scouts Horses for Sale pages.

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This seriously talented little mare is described as ultra careful yet brave as a lion, all the scope you could wish for. This attractive  horse has proved to have an awesome attitude towards absolutely everything including being backed which is proving very easy.

Her sire Bacardi II VDL v.  Olympic Show Jumper  (1992) Chin Chin has the best of  jumping lines.   

Out of a dam line that’s produced 1.50 show jumpers & 3* eventers this promising mare was recently imported straight from the breeder with clean vetting & X-rays is learning very quickly.

Take a look at her profile in the Horse Scout Horses for Sale pages by using this link.  here you can also see Stefi’s other listings in the for sale pages a startlingly good looking  4 year old by Zapatero (link here)

Also a powerful looking warmblood mare with a great shoulder line for only £5,500 by Bodubai v. Berlin and another smaller horse with definite scope. See her bio here on Horse Scout


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Steven Franks – Top Tips for Top Class Rides

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Steven Franks –   With over 15 years experience in producing horses to Olympic and Grand Prix level, Steven Franks reveals his top tips on training his horses and buying a show jumper.

 When did you become serious about show jumping?

I was 17 when William Funnell spotted me at a show and said I should work for him if I wanted a career in show jumping. I ended up staying with him for seven years. At the beginning I was riding his young horses and, as the years went by, I got the opportunity to ride some of the more established ones and to carve out a career.

Name the highlights.

Back in the day… riding Cevin Z at three Horse of the Year (HOYs) finals and placing at a few international Grands Prix with Mondriaan.

More recently, since setting up my own business, coming second in 2015 at the Hickstead Derby on Carlow Cruiser and second in Spain at the three-star Grand Prix with Brutus III. He was a winner at CSI Bolesworth with Billy Ginger as well as winning the Area Trial at Edenbridge County Show.

Tell us a bit about your horses.

I have three horses with double clears at International Grand Prix:

Brutus III (by Billy Congo) is a really special 10-year old who has jumped nine world ranking classes on the trot without dropping a pole.

Carlow Cruiser (by Cruising) is a veteran at 18! He is a 16.2hh grey gelding, with incredible ability but is a menace in prize givings.

Abdul Aziz (Diamant de Semilly) a 2004-born black 16.2hh gelding.

Then I have Holly Congo (by Billy Congo) who at nine years old is winning 1.40 classes, as well as Billy Ginger who is the winning machine.

I also bought Brutus’ brother, seven-year old, 17.2hh Amethyst. He is currently jumping Fox Hunter classes. I don’t like to work big horses hard when they are young as they are simply too weak — it’s important to work on getting a good canter. And no… 1m30 isn’t big for a horse that size!

Are they for sale?

Every one is for sale but they’re not pushed under people’s noses.

How do you keep your horses sound and happy?

I place an emphasis on keeping them fit for the job but not over jumped — the fitter they are, the less likely they will pick up an injury. If they are established and competing, I hardly jump at all at home and, even then, it’s no bigger than 1m30. It’s purely to keep their jumping muscles strong. The younger horses (under seven) will jump more in order to improve their technique.

So what’s a weekly schedule for an established horse like Brutus?

Five days week they’ll be out in the field for two hours and they will be hacked three times a week. I will also work them in the paddock three times a week – I find that the sand school disguises a few things but in an open field there’s nothing to help you with straightness!

Do you use any training tools or favour any specific bits?

My motto is generally to keep it simple and most of my horses go in snaffles. Sometimes the horses with a high head carriage work with a bungee to work longer and lower and to use the muscles across their back but, in general, for show jumpers I think that if they are comfortable and happy carrying their head high or poking their nose, it’s better than forcing them to go in an outline and lean on the rider.

You now own your own business breaking and producing other people’s horses. What’s the most important thing when training a youngster?

The basics are flat work – straightness, self carriage, working forward, and being responsive off the leg and not dependent on the rider.

Can riders come to you for lessons?

In around five years time I’ll probably teach lessons, but at the moment that’s not a priority.

So do you train with anyone regularly?

In the past, of course, I’ve been trained by William Funnell and Di Lampard and if I had a problem at a show I’d always ask their advice, but no, I don’t train regularly with anyone. Most of the time I figure it out for myself. There’s no right or wrong way. Every horse is different. You just have to be clever…forever thinking.

What advice would you give other upcoming show jumpers?

I find watching certain riders I admire, such as Marcus Ehning, helps. And often it’s more beneficial to watch them in the warm up rather than the ring.

What’s important when buying a show jumper?

The most important thing is intelligence and a big heart. I’d rather they had less talent and a heart of a lion than be ultra talented and only give 80%. Whether you’re an amateur or professional, I think buying the right horse is down to gut instinct – look at a horse, get on and try it. Sometimes what you are looking at on paper simply doesn’t translate when you ride them.

So do you think blood lines are important and which ones do you like?

Yes it does count — I have three horses by Billy Congo: Brutus III, Holly Congo and Billy Ginger.

But my other favourites are similar to most others… Diamant de Semilly and Kannan.

What are your goals for the future?

To keep some young horses coming through so that we can keep going to the top shows. Keep the form and success up so that we can continue to climb the world rankings. Winning a Grand Prix and the Hickstead Derby, now that would be nice!

And why Horse Scout?

The social media side is very good — it’s so important these days to network and market yourself.

Interview by Sam Lewis Journalist and PR for Horse Scout

More about Steven Franks and the horses he produces can be found on Horse Scout

Visit Steven Frank’s profile page to find out more about the horses he has for sale which, at the time of writing include two wonderful youngsters ready to take the stage:

Box Clever a talented 5 year old who had a clear round in the Discovery at his first show. A handsome looking gelding by Box Clever – follow this link to his sales page.

Steven also has a talented homebred mare by  Adorado x an Animo Nimmerdor mare who is winning with double clears in Newcomers ready for 2017 and has also jumped double clears at Foxhunter.  A quality horse ready for a keen amateur to produce. Steven has ore information on her Horses for Sale page, follow this link.

More on Horse Scout about the stallions Steven franks mentions.

Horse Scout is the place to visit if you are looking for any of the top class stallions that Steven has mentioned in his interview.  Horse Scout really does have a top class line up listed on its Stallions at Stud pages. Visit our Stallions At Stud pages or use the links to particular stallions in the text above.


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Two Show Jumpers by Cicero listed for sale on Horse Scout

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Two Show Jumpers by Cicero listed for sale on Horse Scout

Cicero a stallion with some of the greats in his breeding line has had, not only had olympic success himself but his progeny, whilst still young, are showing themselves as extremely competitive i.e. Galisco van Paemel, Cyrano d’Orbri, Cinderella C, Fenia van Klapscheut and Ciska van Paemel Z were all jumping Grand Prix at 8 and on Cicero’s dams side Rendez Vouz (v. Radel Z) there the superstars of the show jumping world too.  Cornet Obolensky, (one of the great stallions at stud on Horse Scout) Vivaldo en Querido vh Costersveld, Lorrain Z – With blood lines like this and obvious success in the ring already these two horses for sale on Horse Scout must surely have a future ahead of them in the competitive arena.

The older of the two jumpers came to David Simons (DLS Showjumping) already showing promise at 1.40 but needing more experience.  David has gone on to produce a show stopper with this lovely grey gelding advertised on Horse Scout under horses for sale who has proven himself this year with a sixth at the Allington CS12* grand prix and by jointly winning the CS14* Puissance (see image) at the Bolesworth International.  This handsome well made show jumper, Cicero Gotti, also took 8th in the Hickstead Derby and is ranked as Grade C jumping 1.40m+.   David Simpson, the Irish International Show Jumper, produces horses with his wife Louise from their yard in Coolham, where they have excellent trial facilities.

Another Cicero offspring for sale on Horse Scout is a stunning mare x Oklund called Dice.  (See here) Advertised on Horse Scout Horses for Sale pages as a very suitable straightforward competitive horse for a teenager of someone coming off ponies, a testament to a good temperament. Currently jumping new comers he is described as brave, bold and careful.  This mare is good to hack alone or in company and has three lovely paces.

This Newcomers Show Jumping Mare is for sale through Louis Simmons in East Sussex.

This shows how versatile a stallion cicero is producing horses with good temperaments and scope.

 


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Talented jumping youngster by Zilverstar T x v.Concorde

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Concorde breeding and good looks with real talent and undeniable good looks. A 5 year old show jumper for sale stabled in East Sussex.

16.1hh grey 5 year old gelding by Zilverstar T (Berlin) x Concorde 

This stunning young jumper for sale on Horse Scout is by Zilversar T has completed a sunshine tour and his producer, Louis Simmons, (see the professional producer and riders page on Horse Scout)  a prolific and reliable producer, describes this horse as brave and careful; two pre requisite for a successful partnership.
Louis says this horse has been working easily and correctly on the flat and is a promising future star on the competition circuit.
His bloodlines have created a well made jumping horse who is finding his job effortless and his bold approach is taking him well over fences.
A happy horse, easy to do stands well for the farrier and to be clipped, hacks out and makes your life easy by walking onto the lorry.
Zilversat T is a grand prix jumping stallion who took his place in the Olympic Arena this year and his jumping successes this year show just what a talented horse he is:
  •  Glock International Show Jumping  Glock’s Grand Prix 1.60m  - 4th
  •  Jumping Bourg en Bresse  Grand Prix de la ville de Bourg en Bresse 1.60m – 3rd
  •  Global Champions Tour  GNP Seguros 1.50m – 1st
  •  Global Champions Tour   American Invitational 1.55m -3rd
  •  CHI Al Shaqab  Grand Prix 1.60m – 5th
  •  VR Classics Performance Sales International 1.50m – 6th
  • Prestige Cup Zilveren Spoor Class 58 1.40m – 2nd

Concorde is a double purity for talent on his Dams side for three years Concorde has been listed as the stallion at stud with the most  offspring  at World Breeding Championships for young horses. Making this young horse for sale a popular choice…and with good reason. Concorde is a stallion who is also very popular with other Horse Scout profiled professional producers.  Aaron Millar likes a horse with Concerned Breeding (see Horse Scout blog here)

Horse Scout hosts some of the top breeders and producers in the UK and internationally.  If you are looking for a Horse for Sale Horse Scout is undoubtedly the place to start.

 


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Vivendi Time – A successful young jumping mare with scope.

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Jumping Mare already taking significant ribbons: 2015 Millstreet 4yr Discovery Reserve Champion and, this year, 2016 Millstreet 5yr Old Finalist

For Sale on Horse Scout

Home bred 5 year old jumping mare with a respectable purse of over £300 and recent 5* vetting. She currently jumping 1.25m and her Irish breeders andante producers have lightly competed her through 4  and 5 year old classes.  She has the scope to easily step up into 1,30m classes and they are confident of her ability to come through very well as a six year old.

This attractive mare shows a ‘will do’ attitude to her work and has shown herself as careful and very genuine with lots of scope to progress in the years ahead.  She will make someone a wonderful competition prospect for the coming season.

She is expected to make 16hh so would be suitable for the smaller rider looking for a genuine jumping horse for sale.

Vivendi Time certainly has the performance breeding to back her obvious breeding:

Her Sire is Ars Vendi (Accord II) and her dam is by Trytime, (v. Numero Uno, World Ranked top 10 sires for 10 years) a very successful sire in the Irish Jumping scene who only covered 50 mares.

You will find Vivendi Time here on the Horse Scout Horses for sale pages.  or you can contact this reliable show jumping breeder and producer on his profile page on Horse Scout by using this link.

About Horse Scout

Did you know that Horse Scout hosts many top professional producers our mainstream breeders and gives you access to the top class competition horses for sale and breeding stallions at stud from around the world. If you are looking to buy a horse or breed your own Horse Scout is the best place you could be looking.


Horse Scout invests in star show jumpers

Horse Scout invests in star show jumpers

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Horse Scout, which has secured global investment to further develop its innovative equestrian social network platform and help riders boost their professional careers, is to sponsor the next round of young show jumpers on the British Showjumping and Haddon Training Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence (AASE) programme in its mission to nurture future Olympic stars.

Applications for the 2016/17 AASE programme open at the end of July and those accepted will have the opportunity to be coached and trained by some of the top sporting coaches and experts in the UK including Heike Holstein (flatwork) and Andrew Saywell (jumping).

The programme also gives participants (age 16-19) access to experts that focus on them as an athlete: a physiotherapist to help reduce imbalances and weaknesses, a dietitian to advise on nutrition, and a media trainer who can help develop communication skills.

Aimed at developing and preparing talented young upcoming athletes at the top of their game, the AASE programme provides training and education for those who have a real chance of excelling in their sport and competing at European and Olympic level.

The AASE programme also develops the riders into young professionals within the sport with many progressing to start and run their own businesses.

Haddon Training has delivered AASE for British Showjumping since 2013 with 100 young riders completing the 12-15-month programme which culminates in a Level 3 nationally recognised qualification — equivalent to two A-Levels and 85 UCAS points.

Corinne Bracken, AASE Programme Manager, says: “The programme covers all the core components including technical, tactical, mental and physical skills delivered by industry experts, plus those that are essential to attracting owners and sponsors to the sport. It’s great that global organisations such as Horse Scout recognise the importance of supporting future stars.”

How to apply:Any young rider seeking details on the AASE application process should contact staci.cox@haddontraining.co.uk

 


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Professional Show Jumping Producers : Paul George Sports Horses

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Professional Show Jumping Producers Paul George Sports Horses are based just within the Devon Borders Near Crediton.

Paul and Karen George and their “team” run a well oiled centre producing both home bred and imported horses for all disciplines.

Professional International Show Jumper Paul George has been producing show jumpers  at top level both Nationally and Internationally for the past 30 years.  His Partner, Karen George has the best of insider knowledge in the horse producing scene having worked with Olympic Show Jumping Legends such as Hans Gunter Winkler and Peter Robeson sourcing the best jumpers through a vast network of breeders and producers on the continent.  With contacts through out Germany and Holland a permanent base in Spain Paul George Sports horses are well placed to keep abreast of the market and use their contacts to find suitable horses for any level of competitive rider.

Paul George Sports Horses For Sale

Looking at the present horses on the yard ready to sell on this yard focuses not only on horses which show talent as jumpers but also consider the breeding of the horses they have for sale; and there are some impressive bloodlines passing through their hands.

What Paul George Sports Horses Can Offer you as Professional Show Jumping Producers

They are also so experienced that they can offer the complete service to customers, leaving each purchaser free to concentrate on the most important part of the purchase….finding a horse which really suits them and what they want to do.  For George Paul Sports Horses the important thing is that your purchase is as hassle free and well matched as possible.  After all your satisfaction is part of their great reputation.

The advantages of working with Professional Show Jumping Producers for Sponsors and Clients.

For Sponsors and owners looking to place horses with Paul George his competition record speaks for itself, with both Silver and Bronze status with the BSJA and quite a following on his instagram and twitter accounts!  For Owners wishing to compete at the top show Nationally and internationally then keeping horses with Paul George Sports Horses really makes sense. Not only does their yard near Lapford have the best of facilities including an all weather gallop and a very smart new horse walker but they compete so regularly overseas and all around the country that travelling would be so simple but also with professionals on site like Paul and Karen George excellent training would be on hand too.