Some of the greatest jumping achievements are still standing the test of time
In 1978, when just 21 year old, Nick Skelton and Everest Lastic cleared seven feet, seven and five sixteenths of an inch – the British High Jump record that still stands today. This type of high jump pre-dates the Puissance wall that we see today.
It took Nick three attempts. Hard to imagine riding at that fence once, let alone three times. What an amazing partnership between horse and rider.
“It was quite scary as the high-jump was wider and I think more difficult and daunting than the wall and he was not a big horse” says Nick. “After Lastic smashed through it the first time I was ready to leave the arena but I was told to go back in and in those days I did as I was told
Lastic was a gray Trakehner gelding, sired by Lateran, who proved to be a very influential sport horse sire. No one can say that those Trakeheners can’t jump.
When Skelton won the individual Gold medal in showjumping in 2016 on Big Star, he described the Dutch Warmblood stallion as “the best horse that I’ve ever had or likely ever will.” Hard to imagine a horse with more talent than Lastic, or to have a career bookended by such amazing jumpers.