FEI 5 Star KL Grand Prix 2007
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The FEI 5 Star KL Grand Prix 2007
First conceptualized in 1998 to bring the very first
top international equestrian event to Asia, the FEI 5 Star KL Grand
Prix made its debut as an annual event in 2003 at Putra Stadium, Bukit
Jalil, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. The only five-star international show
jumping event in the Asia-Pacific region, the KL Grand Prix has carved
an important milestone in the history of world equestrian sports. 5
Star is the highest possible rating for an equestrian event.
The KL Grand Prix brings together each year the
world's top-ranked riders including Olympic gold medalists, World Cup
Champions and World Champions and their prized horses to Kuala Lumpur
where they vie for the coveted title and one of the world's richest
purses. The 2007 event will see the introduction of the FEI Nations
Cup, the world's oldest and most prestigious team event where teams
from Asian countries will be fighting tooth and nail for honor for
their countries. The Pony Club Mounted Games Challenge is also making
its first appearance at the KL Grand Prix. Visitors will enjoy
watching the skills, dexterity and bravado of the Pony Clubbers
scoring points for their teams.
Spectacular horse acts, riveting performances,
Malaysia's top artistes and carnival fun and games are organized each
year for visitors to enjoy.
There are perhaps as many as 160 breeds and types of
horses throughout the world today, each with different abilities,
characteristics and temperament. The horses depicted in the three
stamps here are Warmbloods, which have gained enormous popularity in
the past years as sport horses. More and more of these horses are used
in competition especially in Grand Prix and Olympic level
competitions. There are several types of Warmbloods and each offer its
own bit of edge in competition. Visitors to the FEI 5 Star KL Grand
Prix can expect to see several Warmbloods in thrilling action jumping
over obstacles of up to 1.6 meters.
The Hanoverian is probably the most successful and one
of the oldest of the Warmbloods and today it is one of the most
prominent riding horses in the world. It has a worldwide reputation as
a show jumper. Many Hanoverians have won gold medals at competitions
including the Olympic Games. This breed was founded in 1735 in Celle
Stud in Germany by King George II of England who wanted a coach horse
that could also be used for agriculture. Through the years with the
changes of the function of the Hanoverian, the breed has been further
refined with Thoroughbred infusion to make it lighter and more agile.
Together with its wonderful temperament and powerful body, the
Hanoverian has an added edge in competition.
The Hanoverian's height varies from 15.3 - 17.2 hands
(horses are measured in hands which is approximately 4 inches). This
breed has no predominant color and solid colors like chestnut, bay,
brown, black and grey are common.
Another breed originating from Germany, the Oldenburg
is the heaviest of the German Warmbloods and the most powerfully built
of all Warmbloods. Big, powerful and impressive, the Oldenburg is most
popular in show jumping and dressage as it is reliable in temperament
and has regular paces.
Established in the 1600s initially as a carriage
horse, the breed was later developed into an all-purpose riding horse
and now it is bred specifically as a sport horse. However this breed
still retains its ability as a powerful harness horse. The Oldenburg
is known for its athletic ability, calm temperament and strength.
Standing between 16.1 and 17.2 hands in height, the
Oldenburg is mostly found in brown, black and bay.
The Dutch Warmblood is the product of Holland's two
indigenous breeds - the Gelderlander and the heavier Groningen. The
breed is a proven performer in the show jumping ring and the dressage
arena. A notable show jumper is the millionaire horse Milton known for
its famous leap in the air that has brought crowds to a standing
ovation. Milton and his illustrious partner, British Olympian John
Whitaker have shared many victories in international events. John
Whitaker is one of the riders competing at the 2007 FEI 5 Star Grand
Prix from 23-25 November.
A fairly modern breed, the Dutch Warmblood was
developed in the 1960s to combine the best characteristics of both the
native breeds and was further refined with the introduction of
Thoroughbred blood. This resulted in an athletic horse with much
improved scope and stamina. Reliable and intelligent, the Dutch
Warmblood makes a good competition horse. As with all Warmbloods, the
Dutch Warmblood continues to evolve and the breeding goes through a
very strict selection process to ensure good conformation, action and
|Date of Issue
||13 December 2007
||30 sen, 50 sen x 2