The 17-year-old jumper Espoir (by Surcouf De Revel) is saying goodbye to the sport. Under the saddle of the world’s number six and the highest ranked Belgian in the world rankings, the BWP’er achieved several victories at the highest level of the sport. The bay gelding won, among others, the 2018 Bordeaux world cup, the 2019 Al Shaqab Grand Prix in Doha, the Rotterdam nations cup and the 2016 Oslo Grand Prix. Espoir also jumped two clear rounds in the nations cup at the European championships in Gothenburg in 2017. “After a fantastic career, my team and I decided to withdraw Espoir from the sport at the blessed age of 17, fit, healthy and happy,” says Pieter Devos. “He is a life partner for me, who has taught me an awful lot. He has the biggest heart and has taught me that if you really listen to your horse, work together and believe in each other, you can accomplish incredible things. But in particular I want to thank Espoir: he is the horse that changed my life and gave me the confidence to dare to believe and set big goals.” Espoir will enjoy his retirement at Devos Stables in Bekkevoort, Belgium, where he can enjoy walks with Pieter among the fruit trees and well-deserved rest.
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