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Hickstead: Mega-Horsepower in a Compact Vehicle

Hickstead, an Olympic champion with lifetime earnings of over $3 million who is ranked the number-one show jumper in the world by the World

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By: Susan Stafford-Pooley |

Born on March 2, 1996, he was bred by Jan van Schijndel in the Netherlands and was initially named Opel, the offspring of Hamlet and Jomara, who is by the well-regarded and now deceased stallion Ekstein. His bloodlines feature such prominent stars as his paternal grand-sire Nimmerdor, a successful jumper and prolific sire of top jumpers including Ahorn, VDL Everest and Canadian Colours, who was ridden by Jill Henselwood at the 1995 World Championships; great-grandsire Notaris, great-granddam Ulft, Lucky Boy and Joost. Hickstead, as he was later named, has a full brother named Hickstead II, a 2004 stallion approved by the Zangersheide Studbook who is standing in the Netherlands. Hickstead’s dam, Jomara, has also produced an international eventer (Nieco), and two KWPN-approved stallions. Hickstead was a few months old when he was purchased by Dutch stallion owner Rinus de Jong, and he eventually ended up with Gerard Franssen whose son,…

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