Million euro man: Harrie Smolders' fruitful 2017

Harrie Smolders in Chantilly, France
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Tuesday 14 November - 15h04 | Ian Clayton

Million euro man: Harrie Smolders' fruitful 2017

The sum of one million has something symbolic about it. Beyond representing what a millionaire has in the bank, expressions like, “You look like a million bucks” come to mind.

 - Million euro man: Harrie Smolders' fruitful 2017

Harrie Smolders and Zinius in Lausanne, 2017

And if there’s one elite CSI 5* rider in the world who should feel  like a million bucks in 2017, it is probably the Netherlands' Harrie Smolders. Indeed, the recent winner of both the Longines Global Champions Tour and Global Champions League (with his Hamburg Diamonds team) on Don VHP Z — the son of Diamant de Semilly — and Emerald N.O.P. earned more than one million euros on the Tour after a stunningly consistent year, as broken down by

The exact figure, according Noelle Floyd's report? €1,099,736.00 in Tour prize winnings, after the €294,500.00 Champion’s bonus is taken into account. With his smallest paycheque being in Mexico City, €1,890, and his biggest in Chantilly, where he won €99,000 for 1st place in the LGCT Grand Prix, the World No. 6 took full advantage of his consistent presence on the Tour internationally — 14 of 15 legs of the worldwide series. 

Of course, Smolders has also shone outside the LGCT and GCL, anchoring the Dutch team to victory at the 2017 Longines FEI Nations Cup Jumping Final in Barcelona on September 30, as well as taking an Individual silver medal at the FEI European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden on August 27. Aside from his elite skill level and excellent planning, Smolders’ success this year has also been attributed to his team and his world class horses. 

In the months ahead, the Netherlands rider will have another #1 within his reach, specifically in the global riders rankings (although those above him will not make it easy), as the best in the world are already looking forward to major competitions in Tryon, Paris and beyond in 2018. 

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