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  • Best jumper of all time

    Would like to take a survey of who was the best jumper of all time... History should be remembered....
    I love Idle Dice! and Rodney!
    Who else?
    Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
    Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
    "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"

  • #2
    best jumper

    Touch of Class and Joe Fargis; Anne Kursinski and Starman, Anne and Eros to name a few
    \"Let me become the person my dog thinks I am\"


    • #3
      Of the ones I've seen in person, Gem Twist would have to be near the top of the list. He really hated to touch a jump!

      Plus he was successful with three different riders, which gets bonus points from me.


      • #4
        Hard to leave out horses like Darco (#1 showjumping sire AND an olympic competitor) as well as Jus de Pomme (1996 olympic double gold medalist). Both are proven as sires of show jumpers as well.


        • Original Poster

          Like I posted before, if you remember Idle Dice won 3 Grand Prix at the tender age of 21! and FEI jumper awards....
          Mai Tai aka Tyler RIP March 1994-December 2011
          Grief is the price we pay for love- Gretchen Jackson
          "And here she comes. Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it's ZENYATTA!"


          • #6
            I agree with Idle Dice and Gem Twist. Also, what about Calypso!
            Who is John Galt?


            • #7
              Don't forget about Milton with John Whitaker and Big Ben with Ian Millar.
              "Common sense is so rare nowadays, it should be classified as a super power."-Craig Bear Laubscher


              • #8
                I always loved Tomboy, the horse that Rodrigo Pessoa had at, I think, Atlanta in 1996...

                Snowman (I think that was his name!) was a pretty cool horse too
                Last edited by piccolittle; Apr. 18, 2009, 08:04 AM. Reason: repeat!
                The wind of heaven is that which blows between a horse's ears. ~ Arabian Proverb


                • #9
                  Gem Twist, Snowman, and Idle Dice, hands down!


                  • #10
                    I loved Gem Twist and Idle Dice and Milton and Big Ben, but my choice for best jumper of all time is Weihaiwej, if I spelled her name right, the blue-eyed bay mare who last I heard is still alive in Italy in her mid 20s.


                    • #11
                      Going back, you'd have to include Halla. Her Olympic gold-medal performance with a badly injured Winkler in the saddle. . .she did that more or less by herself.


                      • #12
                        Originally posted by Mara View Post
                        Going back, you'd have to include Halla. Her Olympic gold-medal performance with a badly injured Winkler in the saddle. . .she did that more or less by herself.
                        And she was a Hessen!


                        • #13
                          Yeah, Halla was pretty amazing. But it's still Idle Dice for me.

                          Y'know though... I would loff to see some vid; see if he's REALLY as good as we're all remembering? I'm pretty sure he was, but not quite willing to stake the farm on it...
                          "The standard you walk by is the standard you accept."--Lt. Gen. David Morrison, Austalian Army Chief


                          • #14
                            Being a tad chauvinist...
                            Baloubet du Rouet, 3 times World Cup winner.
                            "If you can meet with Triumph and Disaster, And treat those two imposters just the same"
                            Rudyard Kipling
                            Quartz Rouge


                            • #15
                              One more for the list, Boomerang and Eddie Macken

                              Never approach a bull from the front, a horse from behind, or a fool from any direction


                              • #16
                                Snowman hands down.


                                • #17
                                  Gem Twist(personal favorite) Snowman and Big Ben
                                  Theater Majors only: Lead swap, lead swap, wherefore art thou, lead swap?


                                  • #18
                                    The aids are the legs, the hands, the weight of the rider, the whip, the caress, the voice and the use of extraneous circumstances. ~ General Decarpentry


                                    • #19
                                      Big Ben, Gem Twist, and Milton.
                                      CRAYOLA POSSE - Olive Green
                                      Champions aren't born. They are built little by little, day by day, with patience and love for the art. -Nick Skelton


                                      • #20
                                        Originally posted by MHM View Post
                                        Of the ones I've seen in person, Gem Twist would have to be near the top of the list. He really hated to touch a jump!

                                        Plus he was successful with three different riders, which gets bonus points from me.
                                        Gem Twist has my vote as well. I was never lucky enough to see him in person (I was born in 1988) but I do love watching him go through the magic that is youtube.