Posted on Wednesday, September 19, 2018 by Sasha Melia
AROUND the world there’s one class that is a sure-fire winner when it comes to pleasing the crowd – the ever famous Puissance.
In the electric atmosphere of the iconic Echo Arena, home to the Liverpool International Horse Show – December 28 to 31 – the Equitop Myoplast Puissance has proved time and time it keeps visitors gripped to the final round and brings out the fighting spirit amongst the leading names.
Last year proved a three-way split at the top with Chris Megahey, Holly Smith and Louise Saywell all sharing the spoils in what proved a thrilling Saturday night finale.
A capacity crowd at the Echo Arena revelled in a high-class competition that saw all three riders – Chris on Seapatrick Cruise Cavalier, Holly with Quality Old Joker and Louise on Dassler – clear a fifth round height of seven feet two inches.
Liz Barrett, equine business manager for Equitop Myoplast, said: “We are delighted to be supporting the puissance once again.
“Puissance is French for power, so this is a perfect fit for this brand as power and strength is exactly what Equitop Myoplast provides for equine athletes.”
Said Show President Nina Barbour: “We are thrilled to be welcoming back top class sponsors such as Equitop Myoplast. The product is an integral part of many show jumper’s success and it is great that they have chosen to support the 2018 event which is rapidly becoming a major event in the equestrian calendar.”
Puissance – The Facts
The Puissance is one of the most famous showjumping competitions in the world, designed to push both horse and rider to their ultimate limits as they clear the huge red wall.
Accuracy and power are key as there is no room for a mistake from either the horse or rider when jumping at such vast heights. The starting heights can vary and the wall is raised after each round. The winner is the horse and rider combination that clears the wall at the greatest height in the final round.
If there is more than one combination left after the final jump-off stage, then the first prize is shared.
While spectators and riders alike love the thrill of the Puissance, we bet you didn’t know these 10 interesting facts about the famous big red wall…
- Puissance means “power” in French – which is certainly an apt description of the brave horses who jump over such an enormous obstacle.
- It has more than a century of tradition behind it. A puissance competition was held at the 1900 Olympic Games in Paris.
- The wall is built out of hollow red “bricks” made out of wood. This is to make it safer for the horse and rider, as they easily fall off the wall if knocked.
- The Puissance is a development of the traditional equestrian high jump competition, which consists of a single, slightly sloping brush fence topped with wooden rails.
- Nick Skelton and Lastic set the UK high jump record in 1978 (before the modern red wall design), clearing 7ft 7” (2.32m). It took three attempts but, 39 years later, Nick’s record still stands.
- The world puissance record is held by Germany’s Franke Sloothaak, who cleared 7ft 10 1/2in(2.40m) at Chaudfontaine in Belgium in 1991 riding Optiebeurs Golo. Clearing this height, Franke broke his own previous record of 2.35m, which he set on Leonardo.
- The youngest ever winner of the Oympia Puissance is William Whitaker, who won it aged 18 in 2008, riding Insultech Leonardo.
- Robert Whitaker holds the bareback puissance record after he and Waterstone jumped 12m without a saddleat the Stockholm International Horse Show in November 2011. (Who needs a saddle anyway?!)
- The Whitaker family have a great record at the big red wall, with John Whitaker winning the most number of Puissance competitions at the Olympia horse show.
- The world record for the highest ever jump by a horse and rider, stands at a whopping 8ft 1” (2.47m). This was set by Captain Alberto Larraguibel Morales riding Huaso ex-Faithfull, in Chile in 1949. This amazing feat of athleticism took two years of training and three attempts on the day — Captain Larraguibel and Huaso fell after hitting the top rail on their second try – but they landed the jump on their third attempt, and the record still stands to this day.
Equitop Myoplast is a unique and 100% natural supplement for horses, which is packed with 18 key amino acids including 10 essential amino acids.
The product is used by top British riders including Olympic Gold Medallist and world number one show jumper, Scott Brash, who uses Equitop Myoplast to help ensure his horses receive optimal nutrition for muscle development and maintenance whilst also supporting recovery of muscle tissue after the stresses and strains of competition and travel.
Equitop Myoplast is recommended by veterinary surgeons and is the number one equine supplement sold by veterinary practices and pharmacies in the UK.
Make sure you book your tickets and enjoy an equestrian, fun-filled and glamorous New Year to remember at the Liverpool International Horse Show.
For more information and to book tickets visit www.liverpoolhorseshow.com