Albert Zoer

Albert Zoer (born 31 July 1975, Echten, Drenthe) is a Dutch champion in show jumping. He owns his own business, called Zoer B.V., for breeding and training stallions, a venture with which his father, Arent Zoer, helps him.[1][2]

Albert Zoer
Personal information
Full nameAlbert Zoer
Born (1975-07-31) 31 July 1975 (age 44)
Echten, Drenthe, Netherlands
Horse(s)Sam
Okidoki

BackgroundEdit

With two older sisters, Jenny and Gina, Zoer grew up on the farm in Echten which his father purchased in the year before his birth.[3] This farm initially had only five stables, but from the time Zoer and his sisters were all riding horses, that number gradually increased to twenty and more.[3] He began show jumping since the age of seven[1] and he declares that his passion, or addiction to riding horses made him dislike having to go to school.[3] At the age of sixteen, Zoer was a member of the victorious Dutch team at the 1989 European Pony Championships.[1] Jenny Zoer participated in the 1992 Olympic Games (the Dutch won the gold medal for team show jumping). Meanwhile, her brother competed in the European Show Jumping Championships for juniors in 1991 and for young riders in 1993.[1] Though certainly a serious contender, he has yet to achieve his Olympic dream.

Career highlightsEdit

His team won the gold medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games as well as the 2007 European Championships in Mannheim.[1] On 20 December 2007, he and Okidoki won at the International Horse Show in Olympia, London.[4] He and his horse Sam won the Grand Prix at the 2008 Samsung Super League's event in Rotterdam.[1] Two weeks later, he and Sam again were victorious in the league's Grand Prix in Aachen.,[5][6] He also won the 10th round of the FEI World Cup Jumping 2008–09 in Bordeaux, despite a double fracture in his leg.[7] The Royal Netherlands Equestrian Union confirmed that, prior to the accident, Zoer had been a leading contender for the Dutch Olympic equestrian team in Hong Kong.[8] The fracture occurred while Zoer was training on the Tuesday after his Aachen win.[8]

Global Champions TourEdit

Zoer and his horse Okidoki were the winners of the Global Champions Tour final for 2007.[9]

Zoer and Sam were the runners-up on the first day of the 2009 Global Champions Tour in Doha, Qatar.[10] With a finish time of 40.42 and zero penalties, he was just a third of a second slower than the winner, Jessica Kurten. His prize money amounted to €38,581.[11]

Riding Okidoki, Zoer ranked third in the first round qualifier of the Global Champions Tour final in Doha on 13 November 2009. His award from the purse was €8500. His final time was 75.63.[12] This ranking put Zoer well within the qualification for the final purse (€300,000) on 14 November, as the 25 contenders were narrowed down to 18 in the first round. Eric Lamaze and Bernardo Alves ranked ahead of Zoer.[13]

List of horsesEdit

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External linksEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b c d e f g FEI Biography[permanent dead link] (PDF)
  2. ^ Zoer B.V.'s official site
  3. ^ a b c "In his own words, his story from his company's official website". Archived from the original on 2007-08-23. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  4. ^ "Video of Albert Zoer's performance at the International Horse Show of London (official site)". Archived from the original on 2009-11-24. Retrieved 2009-10-30.
  5. ^ "Zoer pips Beerbaum in Aachen grand prix," HorseTalk, 7 July 2008
  6. ^ Smith, Alan: "Albert Zoer wins the Rolex Grand Prix," The UK's Daily Telegraph, 7 July 2008
  7. ^ "Albert Zoer completes recovery winning in Bordeaux," FEI World Cup (Official) News, 2 July 2009
  8. ^ a b Horse Talk, 9 July 2008
  9. ^ "Albert Zoer and Okidoki take 8th event in Global Champions Tour," Hunter Jumper News, 6 October 2009
  10. ^ "Kurten opens with victory in Qatar." RTÉ Sport. 11 November 2009.
  11. ^ News: "GCT Final Doha Qatar 2009 Starts in World Class Style." Global Champions Tour website, 11 November 2009.
  12. ^ News: "Canada Conquers But Irish Eyes Still Smiling." Global Champions Tour website. 13 November 2009.
  13. ^ Kyriacou, Lulu: "Hickstead and Eric Lamaze win last Doha qualifier." HorseTalk. 14 November 2009.