Ekstein's Son "Joel" Leads Holland to Victory in Samsung Nations' Cup World Final
Joel, the 10-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding sired by Morningside Stud's stallion Ekstein and ridden by his owner, 20-year-old Gert-Jan Bruggink, lead the Dutch team in victory in the 2001 Samsung Nations' Cup World Final in Madrid on 23 September.
Riding the only double clear for the victorious team from Holland, this was the pair's inaugural ride on the Dutch National Team.
Also in Madrid last weekend, Joel and Bruggink placed 6th in the Banesto Grand Prix (1.60 metre) and 2nd in the Trofeo National Atesa class.
Joel and Buggink have had a very successful year. They placed second in the Dutch National Showjumping Championships on 12 August and earned the title of Reserve Champion Showjumper of the Netherlands. Three weeks earlier, the pair won the Individual Gold Medal, and the Team Bronze Medal, in the European Show Jumping Championship for Young Riders.
Gert-Jan Bruggink describes Joel as a "clever, intelligent, very athletic horse. Joel's a fighter - he wants to win! But he is always cool in his head in the arena." Besides Joel, Bruggink owns a stallion and a mare by Ekstein, both three-years-old. The rider also notes that one of his trainers has a very good Ekstein foal this year and that many top-class riders including Trevor Coyle (Ireland), Neal Fearon (Ireland), Leslie McNaught (Switzerland), Philippe Rozier (France), and McLain Ward (USA) have ridden Ekstein progeny.
Morningside Stud's sire Ekstein is approved by the Royal Warmblood Studbook of the Netherlands (KWPN), which has certified in writing that he has sired 12 offspring jumping Grand Prix and a further 10 jumping at high levels in the USA.
Morningside Stud is located in Ogonnelloe, Killaloe, Co. Clare, Ireland and Tom Reed can be reached at +353.87.827.4831.
For more information, email Tom@morningside-stud.com