US Equestrian 2018 Horse of Honor ShowJumper Eddie Blue
Thursday, December 20, 2018
Eddie Blue’s talent was evident as soon as he entered the show ring. His stellar scope and powerful height over fences make him a “must-watch” horse on the jumping circuit. The 2009 Dutch Warmblood gelding owned by LL Show Jumpers, LLC, recorded a triumphant 2018 with his rider and trainer Devin Ryan, starting with a second-place finish in the $265,000 Longines Grand Prix CSI5* at HITS Ocala in February.
They qualified for the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Final in April, where they placed second overall, a major accomplishment for their first season of indoor events. The combination returned from Paris to place third in the $225,000 Sapphire Grand Prix of Devon CSI4*in May.
As the runner-up at the 2018 FEI World Cup Jumping Final, Eddie Blue and Ryan automatically landed a spot on the short list for the FEI World Equestrian Games™ Tryon 2018 NetJets® U.S. Jumping Team. During the WEG team observation period, Eddie Blue and Ryan were part of the bronze medal-winning U.S. team in the Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup™ Poland at CSIO Sopot in June. As part of the U.S. team at CHIO Aachen, they jumped an impressive double-clear in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup.
With only two years of FEI-level competition under his saddle, Eddie Blue found himself on his first FEI WEG NetJets U.S. Jumping Team, where he helped them win their first team gold medal since the 1986 World Championships. They ended a remarkable year by placing second in the $205,000 Longines FEI Jumping World Cup™ Toronto 2018 for the Hickstead Trophy.
US Equestrian Horses of Honor are recognized because of their tremendous achievements over the course of the season. Each year, US Equestrian names a National Horse of the Year and an International Horse of the Year from the Horses of Honor roster. Winners are determined based on the results of online voting, which is now open through Thursday, January 3 at midnight. The 2018 National and International Horse of the Year will be awarded Saturday evening, January 12 at the Horse of the Year Awards presented by AON during the US Equestrian Annual Meeting in West Palm Beach, Fla.