Olivier Philippaerts is heading to the Longines Masters of New York (LMNY) on April 25-28 after having shown in Mexico City and Miami Beach. “I’m definitely looking forward to going to Longines Masters of New York. I was there last year as well, and it was great, so I’m glad to be a part of it again,” said Olivier. He’s also on the short list of riders from which chef d’equipe Philippe Guerdat will choose the Riders Europe team to defend the Riders Masters Cup team title at LMNY. The Riders Europe team has won the Riders Masters Cup three times, and Olivier served on the winning team at LMNY in 2018.
The horses H&M Cue Channa 42 and Insolente des dix Bonniers, who both competed with Olivier at the Longines Masters of Hong Kong in February, will ship from the Philippaerts stable in Oudsbergen, Belgium to meet him there along with their tack trunks of equipment. Here’s what Olivier makes sure will be packed in those trunks and waiting for him in New York.
1. A full set of tack will be included for both H&M Cue Channa 42 and Insolente des dix Bonniers. “I think it’s very important that the horse is comfortable with their equipment, so they each have their own bridle, martingale, and saddle made to their measurements. My family has worked with CWD for a long time,” said Olivier.
2. Especially on a shorter trip, the horses will have their meals of Cavalor feed packed to accompany them if the show allows it.
3. Bags and bags of carrots. “We always make sure the horses have plenty of carrots and other treats at all the shows,” Olivier said. “We want the horses to keep eating while they travel and to be as happy as possible, so we make sure to bring enough carrots so that they can have some with every meal in addition to as treats. The horses really enjoy that.”
4. Some horses may have toys or stuffed animals that join them on their travels, but neither H&M Cue Channa 42 nor Insolente des dix Bonniers does. “These two horses are very easy-going and calm, so they don’t have any toys or anything in their stables,” Olivier said. “I want to make sure that when the horses are at shows that they get out of their boxes and move enough, so I try to make sure that they are out of their boxes regularly so they don’t need toys to be entertained.”
5. Enough Kentucky Horsewear blankets to keep them snug. “Normally, they always travel with two blankets, a light one and a heavy one. If it looks like it’s going to be quite cold, we’ll pack a third blanket in case. But normally they’re fine with just the two,” said Olivier.
6. Front, back, and overreach boots for each horse. “We use front boot with sheepskin lining, and I use boots from CWD and Kentucky Horsewear,” Olivier said. “They’re always coming out with new and better boots, and I think that’s great because the protection is important.”
7. A massage blanket. “We use it at home all the time and sometimes we bring it to the shows. I want to make sure that the horses are as comfortable as possible,” said Olivier.
8. Groom Jacqueline Schroëder has been with Olivier in Mexico and Miami and will meet H&M Cue Channa 42 and Insolente des dix Bonniers New York and care for them during the Longines Masters of New York.
9. A sense of camaraderie. “These two horses go to lots of shows together in Europe and they’ve been to Hong Kong together, so I think they feel comfortable together on long trips. They travel well together,” said Olivier.
10. No lucky charms. “I’m not very superstitious. I don’t believe those things, so I don’t have anything like that,” Olivier said.
Make sure to follow along with Olivier and all the top riders competing at the Longines Masters of New York at NYCB LIVE, Home of the Nassau Veteran's Memorial Coliseum on April 25-28! Highlight classes include the Longines Speed Challenge, the Riders Masters Cup and the Longines Grand Prix of New York. Get tickets at https://www.longinesmasters.com/en/new-york.