Nereo Correct

#ERHOTY17 Contender #12 – Nereo

We have arrived at our final #ERHOTY17 nominee, and if four-star results matter the most to you, then we saved the best for last. Nereo’s win at Badminton is the highest rated four-star performance we have seen outside of a championships in the last decade. The fact that he took the win at 17 years old, and gave Andrew Nicholson …

Horseware Hale Bob

#ERHOTY17 Contender #11 – Horseware Hale Bob

If you’ve been counting down to the big guns on the #ERHOTY17 list, we’ve finally arrived. On paper Horseware Hale Bob is the horse to beat when the polls open, as his 2017 season bests the other nominees in nearly every single Key Performance Indicator category. His 2017 dressage average of 32.8 is the best of our nominees, beating next …

Bulana CORRECT

#ERHOTY17 Contender #10 – Bulana

When #ERHOTY17 voting starts today (with head-2-head polls on our Facebook page!) which criteria will you use to cast your vote? Some will vote for their sentimental favorite, while others will automatically default to the winners of the year’s biggest events. If you’re looking at a horse that made the most impressive gains on paper this year, look no further than …

Ballaghmor class

#ERHOTY17 Contender #9: Ballaghmor Class

Burghley winner Ballaghmor Class is another of those horses that stepped up so dramatically in 2017 that we had to put him on the list. For those of you out there who had mid table finishes on 9 year olds this season, let this horse be your inspiration. Another winter to mature paid dividends, and he came out in 2017 as a …

Hunter Valley

#ERHOTY17 Contender #8: Hunter Valley II

Regular readers of the blog will remember we highlighted Hunter Valley II in our Top Improvers piece, which spotlighted horses with impressive improvements across multiple Key Performance Indicators in 2017. Not only did Sammi Birch’s homebred ‘Gizmo’ improve in the 2017 season, he blew his 2016 season out of the water. Look at this comparison between 2016 and 2017 … …

Arctic Soul ERHOTY

#ERHOTY17 Contender #7: Arctic Soul

At the outset of the 2017 season, Arctic Soul had only won once at international level. Seems hard to believe, doesn’t it? The Soul Syndicate’s superstar ex-racehorse has four career top-10 finishes at CCI4* level, with two of those coming in the 2017 season. The Irish bred long-format specialist has completed 11 of his 12 CCI runs across all levels. …

Calle 44 (1)

#ERHOTY17 Contender #6: Calle 44

There are some people in the eventing world who have achieved enough to just go by one name now. We talk about Pippa, Lucinda, Toddy and many more. Yoshiaki Oiwa has become Yoshi. He’s represented Japan at the last three Olympic Games (and led at London after dressage) but the 2017 season has proved to be his best yet.  Three wins at three-star …

Ivar Gooden

#ERHOTY17 Contender #5: Ivar Gooden

Aivar Ward’s Ivar Gooden ran away with the EquiRatings Fan Nomination on social media to secure his slot as an #ERHOTY17 nominee, and as one of only two horses in 2017 to jump double clear at both Badminton and Burghley, it’s an honour well deserved. People have been talking about the form of Toledo de Kerser for awhile now but the …

ERHOTY Cekatinka

#ERHOTY17 Contender #4: Cekatinka

Cekatinka has been making waves from the very start of her career, winning both the British Eventing Young Horse Championships and the Burghley Young Event Horse Finals as a 4-year-old in 2011. Beautifully produced through the two-star level by Ros Canter, Cekatinka moved on to the Prices’ yard last year. Joanne Pullan’s talented 10-year-old mare had such a good 2017 …