Tuesday, May. 21, 2024

Groom Spotlight: The Caretakers Of The 2023 FEI World Cup Finals



Grooms are the behind-the-scenes heroes of equestrian sports. They often know their horses better than anyone else and are the first ones in the barn every morning. While their names do not appear on the winner’s trophy, this year they did appear on the Jumbotron in the CHI Health Center in Omaha, Nebraska. As part of a recent initiative by the Fédération Equestre Internationale to provide more recognition to people who are integral parts of each horse’s successful team, every groom’s name and photo was displayed on the screen and livestream, along with horse and rider names, when their charge entered the arena. Here are some of our favorite photos of the grooms for top horses at the FEI World Cup Finals, held April 4-8.


Georgia Elwood gives Harry Charles’ mount Balou Du Reventon a kiss after they placed second in the second leg of the FEI Jumping World Cup Final, held April 6. Kimberly Loushin Photos
Steffi Wiegard has cared for a number of Isabell Werth’s top mounts (read more about her here). This year she took care of DSP Quantaz, who finished third in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final.
Tamiles Pezzim was thrilled with Monaco N.O.P., who finished second in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final with Harrie Smolders.
Louise Barraud gives Henrik von Eckermann’s mount King Edward a kiss after he won the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final.
Anna Liebing was thrilled with her charge TSF Dalera BB when she won the FEI Dressage World Cup Final with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl.
Groom Katie Williams couldn’t stop smiling at Pepita Con Spita after the mare and rider Hunter Holloway took third place in the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final as the highest-placed U.S. finishers.
“Does this ribbon make me look silly?” Monaco N.O.P. asks King Edward while their grooms, Louise Barraud (left) and Tamiles Pezzim (right) congratulate each other.
Felicia Wallin took care of United Touch S, who won the second leg of the Longines FEI Jumping World Cup Final with Richard Vogel.
While all eyes were on the riders on the podium, Steffi Wiegard took a quiet moment to thank DSP Quantaz.
Did it even happen if you didn’t take a picture? Katie Williams with Pepita Con Spita.
Georgia Elwood gives Balou Du Reventon a hug.
Kisses for King Edward, courtesy of Louise Barraud.
Elise Rensink took care of Blue Hors Zepter for Denmark’s Nanna Skodborg Merrald. They were second in the FEI Dressage World Cup Final.
Louise Barraud memorializes the moment with King Edward.
Anna Liebing cools off TSF Dalera BB before she heads to the ring with Jessica von Bredow-Werndl.
Tamiles Pezzim takes a photo of Monaco N.O.P.
Katie Williams and Pepita Con Spita.



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