Show Jumping

What’s in a Name?

When Jenn Serek found Wicked, she liked everything about the 2008 bay gelding. Everything but his name, that is.

“He had a bad name before so I changed him name,” said the Canadian show jumper.

“Ursule [du Mazet]. It sounds like a girl’s name.”

Serek and the horse’s owners put their heads together, eventually landing on the moniker Wicked. It’s two parts BC skater slang—as in wicked good—and one part a light-hearted dig at his sometimes devious character.

“He’s just wicked! He’s awesome,” enthused Serek. “He also can be a bit of a punk, so sometimes he can be wicked about going into the crosstie, stuff like that. It just really suited him.”

This season, it’s been more of the former than the latter for the well-matched pair. Serek and Wicked have jumped clear in 72% of their international classes in 2017, posting double clear rounds in five of their past six FEI classes. Two weeks ago, they finished second in the Longines FEI World Cup™ Jumping Bromont. A top billing seems inevitable.

Come Sunday, they’ll be looking to make that wicked dream a reality. Tune in to the (free!) live stream on Horse Network to see if they add another duck egg to their tally in the World Cup Qualifier at Thunderbird Show Park in Langley, BC!