The 10 need-to-know names of international showjumping
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The co-owner and co-designer of The Row was an enthusiastic equestrian growing up and recently returned to riding competitively, coming third at the Longines Global Champions Tour in Rome.
Bill and Melinda Gates’s eldest daughter started horse-riding at the age of six and now showjumps with her husband, Nayel Nassar, for the Paris Panthers team. She combines appearances in magazines such as Equestrian Living with her studies at medical school in New York.
A showjumper from a young age, Aristotle Onassis’s sole surviving descendant has funnelled much of her phenomenal wealth into riding. She has represented Greece at the European Championships and the World Championships.
The Egyptian-American Chicago native won the Longines Grand Prix of New York and represented Egypt at the last Olympic Games. Last month he married fellow horse-lover Jennifer Gates, in a ceremony reportedly costing $2m.
Bruce’s daughter won a silver medal for the USA at the 2020 Summer Olympics in the Team Jumping category.
Aged only 16, this rising star from Los Angeles hopes to encourage other African-Americans to get into the sport too, thanks to her exploits on her horse, Ninja.
Gigi and Bella Hadid
Both the Hadids enjoyed showjumping in their teens – Bella wanted to turn professional, until Lyme disease stopped her progress – and they are still avid riders now.
The youngest child of Steve Jobs has a busy calendar: graduating from Stanford, partying with Naomi Campbell and showjumping to professional level – she was ranked the world’s fifth-best rider under 25.
The rising Irish star comes from top showjumping stock, with his grandfather, father and elder brother Alex accomplished riders too. Michael was in the Olympic squad in Tokyo this year, and last month scored two wins at the Horse of the Year Show in Birmingham.
Sheikha Latifah Al Maktoum
The niece of the prime minister and vice-president of the United Arab Emirates, Sheikha Latifah became one of the first woman to represent the UAE at the Olympics in 2008 in Beijing.
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