International GP debut for Jovian

Watch and enjoy. Sigh. And he’s 8 years old! I imagine him in another year or two when the piaffe is stronger and it blows my mind.

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That first piaffe was… jeez, why is a 7yo doing GP? Edit: Sorry, he’s 8. Not sure why I thought he was 7!

Nice horse, hope AH doesn’t brutalise him like Akeem.

I saw a video of this horse a few days ago from the stallion show. Disco lights, doof doof music… it was a rave.

I’d like to see this horse with someone like Carl or Charlotte or Steffan or Jessica vBH, allowed time to develop instead of being turning into a Toto v2.0 Party Piece.


Reminds me of when Zonik came out with Gal. I guess we’ll see.

I’m sure it is very wrong of me, but that horse was so “springy” it made me laugh.

He does remind me of those lambs or goat kids you see… booinga booinga booinga.

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A typical description from Ken Braddick:

The scores were the highest for first CDI Grand Prix and Special results by any of the horses that went on to become No. 1 in the world since Edward Gal and Totilas in 2009 who logged 79.149% at Grand Prix in Rotterdam and 83.042% in the duo’s first Special, at the European Championships the same year.

Readability is not Ken’s strong suit, but I think he means:
The scores were the highest for a first CDI Grand Prix and Special since Edward Gal’s debut at those levels with Totilas at the 2009 European Championships (their scores were 79.149% for GP and 83.042% for GPS). Totilas and Gal later went on to become the World’s #1 pair in Dressage.

That said, I hope the horse stays sound under the pressure of being pushed to GP at such a young age, and I hope he continues to compete for Denmark.

I think he means the debut scores were the highest for any horse that went on to become #1 in the world since Totilas. Sort of a prediction that Jovian could go on to become #1 at some point? A rather premature prediction all the same…

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Non-existent extension, swinging through in the one tempis, terrible piaffe. He has a short back and is clearly very uphill yet during the canter the hind leg never really reaches under. The horse can’t do anything in trot except some version of a passage.

I would think this horse started half steps in piaffe before passage was introduced. Now he can passage like a machine but can’t piaffe at all. The natural rhythm is gone. That screams bad/rushed training to me that will be very hard to fix.

Beautiful horse though…


You are probably right. I wondered why the heck he felt the need to add that bit about “No. 1 in the world,” especially since it had a major negative impact on the readability of the sentence.

But as I said, readability has never been his strong suit as he seems more interested in trying to impress his readers with his “knowledge.” :roll_eyes:

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I am certainly far from an expert, but the horses I have known with a tendency toward a passagey trot have been very difficult to retrain to produce a reliable “true trot.” But then, they haven’t had AH as a trainer/rider.

And I agree about the piaffe - he doesn’t really appear ready for GP competition. I’m guessing AH is trying to get the horse sold as a prospect for Paris 2024, which is why he is out “showcasing” him.

Hopefully this horse will figure things out as he develops and gains strength.


A lovely type and appears very rideable but his ability to sit is not good in movement requiring it: piaffe, canter pirouette etc. Every time he has to sit he instead goes on the forehand. I have watched him now for a few years and at 8 I am not sure that will change much. Training or conformation? Both I think. There appears to be a trade off in breeding between that kind of movement and the ability to really sit, carry weight behind and flex the hind leg with slow strength. Maybe it is structural I don’t know. I think the score is ridiculously high.


Lovely stallion. I hope he stays sound.

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