|Wim Vanderlinden, Chloé
Ruys and Christophe van Turtelboom
Breeders of H&M Indiana
(photo credit Dirk Caremans)
The top showjumper of the 2021 season does not have one, but three breeders! Wim Vanderlinden, Chloé Ruys and Christophe van Turtelboom have known each other for a very long time and developed a friendship with started when Wim was training Christophe. Christophe and Chloé are married and run a competition yard with 20 stables. For all three of them, producing young horses, riding and competing are the main focus, and have influenced their breeding decisions over the years.
It is with this perspective that the team chose Kashmir van Schuttershof as a stallion known for exceptional temperament and trainability for their mare Halifax.
From a very young age, there was something special about Indiana. Chloé remembers fondly that she was a very confident, sweet natured and friendly foal, but that she also always made her opinions known, for example when it came to farrier visits or moving fields. Under saddle, she turned out to be no different, showing herself to be challenging to her riders on the flat, but exceptional over fences, as it was quite clear that she absolutely loved to jump.
With a horse of this talent, but also a strong will, an exceptional, sensitive rider was needed to be able to get the best out of this mare. The team all agree that in Malin Baryard-Johnsson, Indiana had found the perfect partner who was able to win this exceptional mare’s trust and get the best out of her.