2012 WIHS Video Stream Archive

2012 Puissance, Friday, October 26

Watch the 2012 WIHS Puissance (high-jump), the highlight of Armed Forces Night at the Washington International Horse Show, with commentary by Anthony d'Ambrosio, the current North American puissance record holder, plus a historic clip of the record settiing-ride, when d'Ambrosio and the amazing Thoroughbred Sweet 'n Low cleared  7'71/2" at the Washingbton International in 1983. 

D’Ambrosio, course designer for the 2012 show, set the wall for the evening’s $25,000 Puissance at 5’9” (1.75m) in height for the first round and continued through four rounds up to seven feet (2.13m). The Armed Forces Cup, sponsored by The Boeing Company, was awarded to Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneina for clearing the seven-foot wall in the final round. Olivier also accepted The Congressman’s Challenge Trophy, donated by the Late Honorable Rogers C.B. Morton and the Late Honorable F. Robert Watkins, on behalf of his father, Ludo Philippaerts, as the owner of the winning horse.â�¨

 

 

 

 

 

 
 
Chicago VH Moleneind and Olivier Philippaerts clearing the seven-foot wall.
© Shawn McMillen Photography
 
Chicago VH Moleneind is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kashmir Van Schutterhof x Darco. After his win, Philippaerts explained that this was the first time that either horse or rider has jumped in a Puissance class, and 2.13m was their biggest height.��
 
“This is the first time we’ve jumped the wall. I’ve never done it and the horse has never done it,” Philippaerts noted. “I had a feeling he could be a good horse for that. He has a lot of scope to jump it, so I thought I would give it a try and it worked out very well. All classes have their own difficulty. With the puissance you need a little bit of luck, but you also have to have the horse for it and I think this horse actually really likes it.”â�¨
 
“It looks like he loves to jump the wall because he is not afraid of it,” Philippaerts detailed. “He really wants to go to the wall, so I think that’s a great thing for a puissance horse.”â�¨
 
 
 
 
Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind with (L to R), ringmaster John Franzreb,
Haity McNerney, The Honorable and Mrs. Kenneth M. Duberstein (leader director of The Boeing Company), WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan, and Brigadier. Gen. Brian G. Neal, Deputy Director for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense, Joint Staff Pentagon, present The Armed Forces Cup sponsored by The Boeing Company. © Shawn McMillen PhotographySix entries began the class, all clearing the wall at 5’9” (1.75m) and continuing on to attempt 6’3” (1.90m) in height. Benjamin Meredith (AUS) brought the blocks down in round two riding Kaskade, owned by Haley Schaufeld, to finish in sixth place. The remaining five riders all continued on to a third round where the wall was built up to 6’9” (2.01m). In round three, Charlie Jayne (USA) and Pony Lane Farm’s Balougris SL Z, Laura Kraut (USA) and Beverly Widdowson’s Belmont, and Jessica Springsteen (USA) and Stone Hill Farm’s Temmie were all unable to clear the height and finished in a tie for third place. Philippaerts and Chicago, and Aaron Vale (USA) aboard Wodka L, owned by Thinks like a Horse, continued on to the fourth round to jump the wall at seven feet (2.13m). Chicago was the only horse to clear the imposing obstacle.â�¨
 
 
Chicago VH Moleneind and Olivier Philippaerts clearing the seven-foot wall.
© Shawn McMillen Photography
 
Chicago VH Moleneind is a ten-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding by Kashmir Van Schutterhof x Darco. After his win, Philippaerts explained that this was the first time that either horse or rider has jumped in a Puissance class, and 2.13m was their biggest height.��
 
“This is the first time we’ve jumped the wall. I’ve never done it and the horse has never done it,” Philippaerts noted. “I had a feeling he could be a good horse for that. He has a lot of scope to jump it, so I thought I would give it a try and it worked out very well. All classes have their own difficulty. With the puissance you need a little bit of luck, but you also have to have the horse for it and I think this horse actually really likes it.”â�¨
 
“It looks like he loves to jump the wall because he is not afraid of it,” Philippaerts detailed. “He really wants to go to the wall, so I think that’s a great thing for a puissance horse.”â�¨
 
 
 
 
Olivier Philippaerts and Chicago VH Moleneind with (L to R), ringmaster John Franzreb,
Haity McNerney, The Honorable and Mrs. Kenneth M. Duberstein (leader director of The Boeing Company), WIHS Executive Director Bridget Love Meehan, and Brigadier. Gen. Brian G. Neal, Deputy Director for Antiterrorism and Homeland Defense, Joint Staff Pentagon, present The Armed Forces Cup sponsored by The Boeing Company. © Shawn McMillen Photography