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�¨