British showjumper, Jessica Mendoza, today lost one of her top horses, Ramiro De Bello. The foal died due to colic complications. The 16-year old horse had undergone an eye operation after an accident at Jessica’s stable in the Netherlands.
Mendoza, currently in Florida to attend the prestigious Equestrian Festival, was quoted as saying: “It’s been such a sad and tough week for him and all of us. “I couldn’t have asked for a better few years on him. He took me from winning at my first Global Champions Tour to winning my first Derby and car. “He was the most cheeky and cheerful character who has a special place in all my team’s heart,” she said.
Son of Mozart Des Hayettes, De Belle, was ridden by the likes of Jerome Guery and Lambrecht before teaming up with Jessica in 2013. The couple enjoyed decent success together winning all classes of Europe and established themselves as the fastest pair on the circuit.
The talented foal won his first career victory under Jessica Mendoza, and he helped her win her first car. Their finest moment was winning a two-phase at the CSI5* Longines Global Champions Tour (GCT) of London. They defeated the French Roger Yves Bost in the process. They also won the prestigious Derby in Eindhoven earlier that year, where they were crowned victors piping heavily favourites William Funnell and Billy Onslow into the second spot. The duo’s last performance came in November’16 when they competed in the Madrid Horse Week. They also won three classes in a row together recently at CSI2* Vilamoura, Spain.
Jessica Mendoza was among the five winners of the prestigious FEI Awards back in 2015 becoming the youngest British senior championship team member for nearly four decades. Among her other major honours are Gucci Masters in Paris in 2014 and gold medals at the pony and junior European level. A regular member of the Great Britain’s Nations Cup teams, Jessica was recently travelling reserve for the Rio Olympics last year with her other top horse, Spirit T. Mendoza is a regular contributor to the British magazine, PONY. She is one of UK’s top equestrian athletes who broke in the top 10 British showjumping riders in Spring’15. She achieved her first CSI4* event win in April’14 riding Spirit T and the late Ramiro de Belle Vue.
Ramiro De Belle has three children, one of which is performing at a 1.30 m level with Delphine Perrin.