Eleven-year-old Hanoverian “Cent 15” competed in a world ranking CSIO4* Linz class and rose to prominence as a 1.60-meter Grand Prix show jumper in Germany with Norwegian professional Margrethe Hartmann before making his way to the United States early last year.
Young rider Dominic Gibbs took over the reins upon Cent 15’s arrival to the United States in January 2019. The combination took a few weeks to hit their stride before dominating the Winter Equestrian Festival’s Platinum Performance Talent Search and Hunt Seat Equitation rings in Wellington, Florida. Horse and rider traveled north to Beacon Hill Show Stables in Colts Neck, New Jersey with trainer Stacia Klein Madden to regroup before the summer season.
Although Gibbs originally hails from Colorado Springs, he is currently living and working with Madden to maximize time in the saddle. His younger sister, Jordan, is a similarly competitive equestrian, and their mother, Erin, is an accomplished amateur hunter and event rider in her own right. The United States Hunter Jumper Association produced a short video on the Gibbs siblings in November 2019, which can be found here.
May through August saw Cent 15 racking up ribbons at the Devon Horse Show, Upperville Colt & Horse Show, Lake Placid Horse Show, Kentucky Summer Classic, and the Great Lakes Equestrian Festival. He began using HorseScents ScentStraps for shipping several weeks prior to qualifying for the Maclay Finals at the Kentucky National Horse Show. Cent 15 and Gibbs next competed at Capital Challenge, during which Gibbs won the North American Equitation Championship and Cent 15 won Best Equitation Horse. Cent 15 also won Best Equitatio Horse at USET Finals after clinching fourth place. The pair earned third at Washington International Horse Show’s Equitation Finals to round out a successful season.
Cent 15’s progeny, several of which are now competing in Europe, show every indication of following in their sire’s horse shoes. The frozen sperm his prior owners had to foresight to collect is available through Tom de Bel of Equestrix Agency. Advanced preservation technology allows stallions to sire foals over the course of decades. Mares, on the other hand, have a shorter fertile window. Many are bred at two or three years old before going on to be competition horses. However, a talented mare is just as important as a talented stallion in breeding.
HorseScents is proud to have worked with Cent 15 during highly competitive championship shows to provide effective calming relief from the stress of shipping between venues. Soothing lavender scents helped Cent 15 seamlessly transition between shows to give Gibbs his best rides. The HorseScents team cannot wait to see what 2020 and beyond has in store for these two! They have already started off the year with a win at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington. Best of luck this season, Cent 15 and Dominic!