Gazelle tops rich list for horses in 2017
They may not care, but they made a lot of money last year. And a certain Gazelle, under World No.1 Kent Farrington, led the way — raking in more than one million euros.
Most of the money in the three Olympic disciplines is in Jumping, and the second biggest salary in that sport in 2017 was earned by L.B. Convall, the grey stallion of Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt. The 11-year-old earned €807,648 over the year, a large part coming from the €660,000 they won in September at Spruce Meadows near Calgary — a double clear and very rewarding performance in the richest Grand Prix in the world.
The runners-up to Weishaupt and L.B. Convall in Canada, Portugal’s Luciana Diniz and Fit for Fun 13, are third in the Hippomundo salary standings for Show Jumping. The 14-year-old mare, whose sire is For Pleasure, had total earnings of €710,244 last year, with a significant portion also coming from their Calgary second place. And fourth in the equestrian earnings rankings is the third-place finisher from Calgary — HH Azur, the Longines FEI World Cup-winning mount of McLain Ward of the United States, with €687,915. Next in the list are Grégory Wathelet’s Coree and Eric Lamaze’s Fine Lady 5 (€594,140 and €581,045 respectively).
For Dressage, Isabell Werth’s 13-year-old Olympic mare Weihegold OLD had total earnings of €243,420 in 2017, with a victory at the World Cup in Omaha among their many laurels this past year. Laura Graves’ 16-year-old gelding Verdades is second with €167,250, while Werth’s Don Johnson FRH comes in third (€148,364). The German’s Emilio 107, winner of the inaugural Dressage Top Ten in Stockholm, is fifth on the earnings list.