You’d be hard-pressed to find a more nail-biting afternoon in sport than transpired yesterday during the $3 Million CP International Grand Prix, presented by Rolex, at the Spruce Meadows ‘Masters’ Tournament on Sunday, September 10, 2017. As is so often the case, it was the sport’s crème de la crème that eventually rose to the top, with 12 returning in the second round including 2017 Longines FEI World Cup Jumping Finals winners McLain Ward & HH Azur, who eventually took the bronze medal, and 2017 Aachen Grand Prix runners up, Luciana Diniz & Fit For Fun 13, who took silver.

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But Sunday was all about Germany’s Philipp Weishaupt and the stunning 10-year-old gray Holsteiner stallion, LB Convall, who previously rode to victory in yet another of the most difficult classes in the world: the 2016 Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen. During two rounds of competition, Weishaupt and Convall were the only pair to jump double-clear on designer Leopoldo Palacio’s challenging courses, with the tight, 66-second time-allowed playing a major role in the second round.

“I had a really good feeling on Convall,” Weishaupt said. “The horse was just outstanding, I am super honored to be able to ride him, it’s so much fun you can’t believe it.”

Last year’s win at Aachen put Weishaupt in contention for the Rolex Grand Slam of Show Jumping, a challenge he’s earned the right to contest once again with his $3 Million CP International victory. Next up: the Grand Slam’s third leg at CHI Geneva, where all eyes will be on the duo on December 10th, 2017.

Here are 16 reasons we can all get behind Philipp Weishaupt & LB Convall: 

  1. Philipp was born in the Bavarian city of Augsburg, where his parents run a 70-horse training stable.
  2. Weishaupt’s father was a successful show jumping rider, and his brother also rides professionally.
  3. Phillipp moved up from his first pony, “Rocky”, to one of his father’s former grand prix horses, earning his Goldene Reit Abzeichen (Gold Riding Badge)—one of the highest German honors in horse sport—at age 15.
  4. Philipp began training with Ludger Beerbaum 15 years ago as a working student and eventually began riding for him full-time.
  5. He turned pro in 2008 and at press time was 74th on the Longines World Rankings.
  6. Weishaupt was named the reserve rider at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010 and at the 2011 European Championships.
  7. LB Convall was campaigned in the young horse classes by Switzerland’s Christina Liebherr, with strong performances at Ascona and Chevenez in Switzerland, as well as Arezzo, Italy. Weishaupt took over the ride in 2015.
  8. From the ages of 4-6, Convall achieved numerous top placings in show-jumping competitions up to medium level (M) classes, including a victory at the Holstein State Championship in 2013.
  9. Ludger refers to Philipp as a “daredevil”.
  10. Philipp’s best friend is his younger brother Maximilian Weishaupt. The brothers look like twins and Philipp has said they also think the same, talk the same, and have the same sense of humor.
  11. His favorite riders to talk shop with are Marco Kutscher, Henrik von Eckermann, and his boss Ludger Beerbaum.
  12. Philipp’s favorite horse show is Aachen.
  13. Last year, Philipp said his time competing at Spruce Meadows helped to prepare him and Convall (then just 9 years old) for their win at Aachen. This year, he could say the reverse.
  14. Philipp’s secret talent is talking his way into places he shouldn’t be, including the Real Madrid football stadium after hours.
  15. LB Convall is owned by Swiss Olympian Hans Jr. Liebherr, Christina Leibherr’s father. Liebherr Group is one of the world’s largest manufacturers of construction machinery.
  16. Weishaupt’s life motto is, “Never give up”.

-Featured photo credit: Spruce Meadows Media.