Emerald van't Ruytershof is an exceptionally talented international Grand Prix and 2016 Rio Olympian stallion who has racked up international placings and wins for years. In 2016 he also became the winner of the Nations Cup in Rotterdam and placed 2nd in the World Cup Final. In June, 2014, Emerald and his rider, Harrie Smolders (aka "The Flying Dutchman"), were 2nd in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO5* in Rotterdam and 4th in the Grand Prix Table A at the CSI3* Sint-Katelijne-Waver. The pair was recently back with two clean rounds in January, 2015 in Lier. They are on their way to Wellington, Florida where they will compete for three weeks.
Emerald has been highly active under saddle of Harrie Smolders in the Longine's Global Champions tour securing many victories in 2017 and 2018.
In 2013, Emerald took home victories in the Nations Cups of the CSIO5*s in Aachen and Gijon. He also won the Grand Prixs at the CSI3* in Lanaken and CSI2* in Vilamoura and was 2nd in the Grand Prixs at the CSI4* in Antwerp and the CSI3* in Vilamoura.
His talent for jumping has been there from the start. In 2010, he was the reserve champion of the World Championships for 6 yr. old jumpers, and in 2011, he won the stallion competitions in Gent, Winter Equestrian Nights, and the CSI Mechelen.
Emerald's sire, Diamant de Semilly, is a son of Le Tot de Semilly, one of the best sires in the world and a famous international jumper. Diamant de Semilly was victorious at CSIO and CSIW shows and his successes include being the 2002 French national champion, as well as a team world champion and placing 9th individually at the 2002 WEG in Jerez, Spain. In 2003, he was a member of the silver medal winning French team at the European Championships. He was also ranked 3rd on the list of top show jumping sires in the world by the WBFSH in 2014.
Emerald's damsire, Carthago Z was a two time Olympian (1996 and 2000) and won the Nations Cup in Aachen, Rotterdam and La Baule, as well as many Grand Prixs. Aside from this outstanding career in sport, Carthago was a globally famous sire. In the 2014 Breeding Value Index list from the German Federation, Carthago is listed in the top 1%, and he is listed 36th on the 2014 WBFSH list.
Several international jumpers descend from Emerald's dam line such as Butterfly PS, Nobility PS and Diamanthina van't Ruytershof.
Emerald's offspring have been doing very well in the auctions and in competition. The 7 yr. old Special de Muze just won the young horse jumper division at ICNN Drachten in the Netherlands, and in August, 2014, Imerald van't Goorhof won the 6 yr. old young jumper final at the Hampton Classic in the US with his rider Cody Auer. Emerald's daughter, Expression, was the top seller at the 2014 Zangersheide Quality Fall Auction for the knock down price of 24,000 Euro. A son, Igor, has been actively competing in