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Vesper Sparrow
Aug. 22, 2008, 08:15 AM
Anyone know Hickstead's actual height?

half seat
Aug. 22, 2008, 08:25 AM
16.2hh I believe.

Galileo1998
Aug. 22, 2008, 08:33 AM
I've seen him in person, he's about 16hh.

DMK
Aug. 22, 2008, 08:57 AM
interesting ... on TV the other night, Melanie Smith Taylor said he is a wee little thing - about 15'3. So far about the closest I have been is 20 feet away when he is about 6' i the air, getting some hang time over an oxer, so I couldn't say for sure... ;)

Riding Fool
Aug. 22, 2008, 09:17 AM
I believe he is only 15.3hh, and looks like a wiry thoroughbred in person. Erik is rather short so he fits the horse very well. Cedric is only about 15.2hh. Great to see the smaller horses with such amazing talent on the international scene!

half seat
Aug. 22, 2008, 09:40 AM
Oh, I have never seen him in person, so I would go with those who have. I found online at a few sites that he was 16.2h. I didn't realize he was much smaller. He's gorgeous at any height!

This is where I saw he was 16.2

http://www.justworldinternational.org/jump_team_lamaze.htm

However, I should have looked closer b/c Spruce Meadows has him listed at 16h. Sorry! http://www.sprucemeadows.com/weg/jumping/elamaze.htm

Griffyn
Aug. 22, 2008, 09:50 AM
Seems like he has the heart of a 20.H horse. That was some going. What a ride.

ponyjumper4
Aug. 22, 2008, 10:00 AM
I'd imagine his height would be in the 15 range since a lot of people told him he would be too small to be a good jumper. I don't think anyone would consider 16.2 to be too small.

half seat
Aug. 22, 2008, 10:10 AM
I'd imagine his height would be in the 15 range since a lot of people told him he would be too small to be a good jumper. I don't think anyone would consider 16.2 to be too small.


Did you see where I corrected my first post?

TraksRuleDutchDrool
Aug. 22, 2008, 12:57 PM
I have seen him and have a picture of me with him (which unfortunately is not on this computer). I would say is he is 16.2 or 16.3 and as someone said he is very light and fine looking, you'd probably not guess he's a KWPN stallion

Vesper Sparrow
Aug. 22, 2008, 01:09 PM
The commentators on CBC Bold were saying he is small and I wondered how small.

Edwina Alexander's horse is a tiny little thing, too--looks even smaller.

TraksRuleDutchDrool
Aug. 22, 2008, 05:24 PM
No offense to the commentators, for the most part I think they do a really good job. But a lot of times I think they honestly have no clue :winkgrin:

Kashi
Aug. 22, 2008, 05:56 PM
No offense to the commentators, for the most part I think they do a really good job. But a lot of times I think they honestly have no clue :winkgrin:

The male one, in particular! In their defense (and as he keep reminding us!) they are not actually announcing from the event, but rather watching from their studios in New York. Also, I have to keep reminding myself that they are not catering their commentary to a horse-savvy crowd.

lonewolf
Aug. 22, 2008, 08:07 PM
I've never seen Hickstead in person, so I don't know. What I can say is that Eric is really quite short, and has ridden a lot of small horses. So the horse is probably shorter than he appears when Eric rides him.

DMK
Aug. 22, 2008, 09:11 PM
No offense to the commentators, for the most part I think they do a really good job. But a lot of times I think they honestly have no clue :winkgrin:

There is just the teeniest, tiniest, wee possibility that Melanie Smith Taylor (http://www.showjumpinghalloffame.net/inductees/m_smith_taylor.shtml) has a clue. Oh I admit, it's an outside chance, but we must keep it in mind as a small possibility.

:lol::lol::lol:

TyB
Aug. 22, 2008, 10:17 PM
Brown Stallion
Height:
16hh
Born: 1996
Place of Birth: Holland
Breeding: KWPN: Hamlet / Ekstein

SlamDunk
Aug. 23, 2008, 04:00 AM
Hickstead is definately not 16hh, he was stabled down the aisle from us at Spruce and he looks very small in his stall...I would say 15.2ish. However as soon as you see him go his presense makes him appear much bigger, and of course he thinks he is about 18hh

Rocky XVI
Aug. 23, 2008, 08:26 PM
I have seen him and have a picture of me with him (which unfortunately is not on this computer). I would say is he is 16.2 or 16.3 and as someone said he is very light and fine looking, you'd probably not guess he's a KWPN stallion

Where do people get this information?

Although Hickstead was registered KWPN at birth, but is not approved for breeding with the KWPN. He is approved NRPS, which is the "other" dutch studbook.

Hickstead is listed as 1.64 m, which is about 1/2" over 16 hh.

http://www.paardenfokken.nl/pedigree.php?horseid=1039

Faiths CremelloWB
Aug. 24, 2008, 02:17 PM
I too have seen him at Spruce (when I had one of my horses competing there) He is not over 16h. 15.3 would be quite close; if he were sticked.

Amazing horse for SURE!!!

TKR
Aug. 24, 2008, 05:22 PM
It's always that "inches" thing that gets so much attention! Huge LOL!
PennyG

Rocky XVI
Aug. 25, 2008, 10:26 AM
I too have seen him at Spruce (when I had one of my horses competing there) He is not over 16h. 15.3 would be quite close; if he were sticked.

Amazing horse for SURE!!!


Perhaps this will be the start of a new trend in jumper breeding!!!! :D :D :D

Mozart
Aug. 25, 2008, 12:37 PM
Perhaps this will be the start of a new trend in jumper breeding!!!! :D :D :D

It certainly looks that way when you see what horses have been at the top recently. Maybe not necessarily short, but the Cumano types are certainly becoming rarer and rarer (not to dis Cumano, he can come hang out at my barn as long as he wants).

When you look at the courses, airy, super flat cups, light rails that go down with just a toe nail on them....the successful horses are going to be the scopey cat like ones. Hickstead, Cedric, etc. If they continue to build courses like this breeding will certainly go in this direction, hey?

eclipse
Aug. 25, 2008, 12:52 PM
At Spruce last year, the commentators said he was "barely bigger than a pony"! :D My mare is 15-3 and he's around the same size as her (when standing close by), so I'd put him at 15-2 to 15-3 (love me that small horse and what I wouldn't give to breed my mare to him!) :D

cheekyhorse
Aug. 26, 2008, 08:56 PM
I saw him at Spruce up close. He is the same height as my stallion.
He is DEFINITELY 15.3hh........
And just another note........ there was another smaller horse that did VERY well at Olympics as well. I think his name was Itot de Chateau or something like that. That horse also was only 15.2hh. Just goes to show you what small compact horses are capable of. They turn faster, and don't take as long in the air. Bigger is not always better! ;)

jse
Aug. 26, 2008, 09:04 PM
It's true! A lot of up and coming stars are rather small!
People see them and wanna make fun until they see them jump! lol Never under estimate the little guy! :yes:

Vesper Sparrow
Aug. 26, 2008, 09:40 PM
15.3 is my favourite height. :)