Arko III crowned show jumper of the year for fourth time

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Arko III has been crowned KBIS British Equestrian Insurance Show Jumper of the Year for an unprecedented fourth year.

The stallion, ridden by Nick Skelton and owned by John and Lisa Hales, is currently number one in British Show Jumping Association rankings.

Oliver Townend’s European team ride, Flint Curtis, was named KBIS British Equestrian Insurance Event Horse of the Year.

The grey, owned by Edward and Robert Nicholson, secured the title after a consistently good year, including a first at Thirlestane Castle, second at Chatsworth and second at Punchestown CCI***, as well as a team gold medal at Pratoni.

The KBIS British Equestrian Insurance Dressage Horse of the Year went to Mr President, owned and ridden by Steph Croxford.

This 13-year-old chestnut gelding was originally bred in Ireland by an unknown Gelderlander-Hackney stallion out of a Dutch Warmblood mare.

All three horses received their awards at Olympia, the London International Horse Show.

This news story was first published in Horse & Hound (28 December, ’07)