The 1995 USET Festival of Champions Jumpoff: where America’s greatest showjumpers face off against each other, in this $100,000 challenge from back in the day.

The purpose of posting this video is to detail the differences between 1990s-style USA courses, that tended to put more emphasis on speed+agility (catering to the Thoroughbred type), versus the 2000s-type, which feature more emphasis on scope+technical questions (catering to warmbloods).

Featured, by order of go:
OLISCO – Michael Matz
LAND OF KINGS (LENZ) – Margie Goldstein (Engle)
FOR THE MOMENT – Lisa Jacquin
QUANTUM LEAP – Debbie Dolan Sweeney
RHUM IV – Michael Matz
LACOSTA – Margie Goldstein (Engle)
MONT CENIS – Patty Stovel

I was totally rooting for the lightning-fast LaCosta here, but Rhum’s incredible win was certainly not without merit!

To see the first-round jumping course of this competition, click the following link, for Mont Cenis’ beautiful clear round:

Worth noting that For The Moment was 21yrs-old during this competition, and is also now inducted into the Showjumping Hall of Fame as the oldest horse ever to win a grand prix showjumping competition!

As always, don’t forget to check out the crazily-cute baby of the barn:


25 Responses to SHOWJUMPING: super-exciting 1990s-style jumpoff!

  1. Anonymous says:

    @ABonner93 unfortunately you’re completely right, but I’d venture to guess
    if you had a nice line bred specifically for show jumping they would be
    awesome horses in the ring.

  2. Anonymous says:

    holy CRAP the white horse was either really big or that lady was small! But
    the winner was amazing its changed so much since then i don’t think the
    riders now a days use thoroughbreds

  3. Anonymous says:

    @alessiabbyxD Land of Kings? …if you like him, look forward to a
    full-feature video of just him, that I’ll be making. You can also see more
    of him now in my video “Margie vs. Patty: a ClockOut KnockOut” Enjoy 😉

  4. Anonymous says:

    Those jumps are insane… xD

  5. Anonymous says:

    Amen to that. Rhum was amazing, and I seriously miss Michael as a rider.

  6. Anonymous says:

    Welcome. It’s sort of a chicken/egg type thing… you don’t generally see
    running-courses like this at the highest levels anymore. Mostly what you
    see are technical-courses. The former suits the TBs, the latter suits the
    WBs. I can’t say whether an increase in imported/bred WBs caused courses to
    shift to technicality over speed, or the shift in tech. over speed caused
    the increase in WB’s over TBs. I’m thinking the latter though.

  7. Anonymous says:

    Agreed. No one (in N.America anyways) beat Gina Johnson and the Southerns
    (Nancy and Linda) when it came to commentary!

  8. Anonymous says:

    Michael Matz is Da Bomb!!! I would have liked to see the interview at the
    end though, since he won I am sure they interviewed him, right?

  9. Anonymous says:

    I love TBs!! They always give 110%. I have ridden a couple of WB when
    trying for clients of my trainers, but not my personal choice. I would love
    to see them comeback to GP showjumping someday. I love how the top 3 horses
    are TBs:)

  10. Anonymous says:

    He’s a Selle Francais.

  11. Anonymous says:

    but she didnt take a breath the whole time lol. It was a bit distracting

  12. Anonymous says:


  13. Anonymous says:

    I’ve wondered the same thing, being a TB lover myself, but you know, I
    think the problem is that thoroughbreds aren’t like what they used to be.
    They don’t look like what For The Moment looks like. They’re now bred to
    have these tiny little legs that fall apart before the horses reach ten
    years of age…

  14. Anonymous says:

    @ImmortalSynn yeah really, great commentary too!!!

  15. Anonymous says:

    Michael Matz was such a beautiful rider. Miss seeing him over fences! He’s
    done ok for himself, though 😉

  16. Anonymous says:

    wow great to see him ride, cant believe he went to racing tho…guess SJ
    was just to much 4 him to handle haha

  17. Anonymous says:

    @matrixmare He was. You can see more of him in my video “Margie vs. Patty:
    a Clock-out knockout” and can look forward to a video featuring just him,

  18. Anonymous says:

    Yes. He’s now in the Showjumping Hall of Fame, as the oldest horse to win a
    showjumping grand prix class in both the USA and world.

  19. Anonymous says:

    they literally FLEW over them :)

  20. Anonymous says:

    @horseskickbutforever …which one are you talking about?

  21. Anonymous says:

    why wont the announcer stfu and let us watch the jump off???

  22. Anonymous says:

    Wow, Rhum IV is so freakin fast adn his turn to the wall was amazing! I
    think Lacosta is absolutely gorgeous though, I’ve never heard of him before.

  23. Anonymous says:

    Michael Matz with a SLICK turn on Rhum IV at 6:16! My jaw actually dropped.
    That’s what jumpers are all about!

  24. Anonymous says:

    Its funny, or rather; fun, to watch all the 80’s and 90’s show jumping
    videos and such. A lot of the horses then were TB based or pure TB back
    then. It seems as time goes by the ‘popular’ GP jumpers are now all
    warmblood’s, but we can’t forget about our little bullet TB’s… man are
    they quick and fast. lol. I’ve got one of those. he’s not at GP height yet
    but man is he quick, fast and CRAZY athletic… sucker can clear a 4′ fence
    from a trot! Great video! I enjoyed it. =)

  25. Anonymous says:

    Back when eq was valued even in the jumper world!