his range of motion in extension would not be quite as long. Naturally, in a horse that specializes in the marathon phase, a longer range of motion would be desired.

Horse 4 He took the silver in eventing at the 2006 Games in Aachen. As one would expect, his LS gap is positioned well within athletic limits, allowing him to transfer his power and to lift the forequarters. His rear triangle is nearly equal on the ilium and femur sides, which is more of a jumper trait despite the fact that he usually did well in the dressage phase. The longest side of his rear triangle is from point of hip to stifle protrusion, which enables him to jump from an open gallop, and his stifle is well below sheath level, which provides length of stride as well as scope over fences. His pillar of support emerges well in front of his withers for an element of lightness to the forehand and into the rear quarter of his hoof for soundness. We also see a relatively short humerus

that has considerable rise from elbow to point of shoulder, adding another element for lightness as well as the ability to quickly raise the knees over fences. In addition, his base of neck is well above the resulting high point of shoulder, adding even more lightness to his forehand.

Horse 5 She took the silver in eventing at the 2014 Games in Normandy. Again we find excellent LS positioning for maximum athleticism. However, her rear triangle differs from the previous eventer in that it is shorter on the ilium side, like the dressage horses. Where it does resemble the other eventer and the jumpers is in the longest side being from point of hip to a stifle protrusion that is well below where a sheath would be. She could jump from a gallop, cover ground with her stride and have ample scope over fences. Her sickle-hocked appearance was not a detriment (a topic to be covered in a future column). Her pillar of support emerges well in front of her withers

and into the rear quarter of her hoof like the other eventer; however, her humerus does not show as much rise as his,


meaning she would not be quite as quick with the forelegs over a jump and would benefit from a slightly longer take-off spot. Like the previous horses, her base of neck is well above her point of shoulder for additional lightness of the forehand. Incidentally, both eventers have

previously won the Kentucky four-star event.

Horse 6 5 6

He made the Final Four (jumping) at the 2006 Games in Aachen. Yes, he has a strong LS. He also shows nearly equal ilium and femur sides and the longest side of the rear triangle from point of hip to a low stifle protrusion, all of which are grand prix jumper traits. Although grand prix classes can be lost in the first round, most are won in a jump-off, and the ability to jump from an open stride that the length from point of hip to stifle protrusion provides is a definite asset. His forehand is designed to be light


and quick, but there was room for improvement in the bottom of his pillar. It barely skimmed that back of his hoof, which added stress to the tendons and ligaments of the foreleg, especially at speed or during landing. As a form of compensation, he developed a muscle on the underside of his neck to take weight off the forehand. Unfortunately he could not compensate enough and eventually bowed a tendon.

Horse 7

He made the Final Four at the 2010 Games in Kentucky. He had all the traits of a top jumper from LS to rear triangle

to low stifle to pillar of support to humerus to base of neck. It was all there, but in a small package. His lack of height was not a disadvantage. Both jumpers were also Olympic medalists.

Judy Wardrope has researched conformation for 30 years and has written three books on the subject (the most recent, an e-book). She travels world-wide giving conformation clinics, analyzes individual horses based on photos and gives breeding consultations. Learn more at

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