Highlights of Jumping Mechelen 2017
The Christmas holidays wouldn’t be complete without a visit to the number one equestrian event of the year: Jumping Mechelen in Belgium. Without a doubt this event is more than just a yearly tradition. For every equestrian in Belgium is has become national heritage. The place to be to spend your Christmas holidays. Five thrilling days of topsport in several disciplines mixed with shopping the latest trends and meetings with equestrians from all over the world who love to join this competition.
Jumping Mechelen has its 37th edition this year and as long as I can remember I’ve attended this event. It all started as a small event in Putte (a village near Mechelen), organised by international showjumper and Olympic rider Eric Wauters, who passed away in 1999. Today the show is hosting the FEI world cup jumping, the FEI world cup driving, the FEI world cup vaulting and a CDI*4 dressage competition.
Top sport performances and unforgettable memories are made at Jumping Mechelen, but here are the highlights of the 2017 edition.
Lots of riders who are highly ranked on the FEI list were present at Jumping Mechelen. Some living legends like Ludger Beerbaum and Michael Whitaker also couldn’t miss this event. And.. when those masters of showjumping show up, you can expect some suspense. Michael Whitaker participated in the six bars, (a test where they raise the fence after every participant) and was the only one who jumped clear in the fourth round. His nine year old gelding “Flawless” flew over the last vertical of 2 meters. Head over to instagram to see the video.
Harrie & Zinius
The climax of Jumping Mechelen is the FEI World Cup Jumping, traditional on the fifth and last day of the event. Full house guaranteed! A little chauvinism never hurts and with over 10 Belgian riders in the top 100 of the FEI ranking there’s no need to say Belgium is the mecca of showjumping. All our hopes were based on a Belgian victory, but it was Dutch rider Harrie Smolders who jumped to victory. After a very difficult and tricky first round only 7 of the 40 combinations were clear. Harrie Smolders and his horse Zinius were not only super precise but also fast as lightning and with 38,19 seconds unbeatable for the other competitors.
No equestrian event would be complete without a shopping village. We’ve selected our favorite fashion picks for you so you and your horse could shine in 2018! Let’s start with some bling: shine leg protectors by Anky Technical and the eye-catching Swarovski saddle by Ikonic.
French saddle maker Antarès went for some color popping browbands on the bridle and a riding helmet in classy brown and orange. A perfect match with your chestnut, right?
French allure mixed with Italian style. Showshirt with a zilver lining by Vestrum and travel bag by Lebeau-Courally.
Affordable fashion versus more luxury fashion riding gear by Spooks and Cavaleria Toscana. Which one would you go for?
Let’s end this fashion selection with our personal favorites: riding boots by Petri, bridle by Otto Schumacher and jacket by Vestrum.
Jumping Mechelen, always a pleasure. See you next year!