One day in the spring of 2001, Meredith received a phone call from her friend Soeren von Roenne. Soeren told her that he had the perfect horse for her. Well, he was right!
When Meredith went to try “Carpaccio”, as he was previously called, he didn’t look like much— small, short-legged, and very sway in the back. But when she took the first jumps on him, Meredith knew he was the one. Jim and Nancy Clark purchased him and renamed him Checkmate.
“Joey” as he is called in the stable, was a feisty six year-old when he arrived in Thedinghausen. He liked to buck and run and do mischievous things, even with a rider on his back. But it was this fiery character that was ready for any challenges that led Checkmate to become one of the best horses in the world. The higher the fences in front of him, the higher he jumped. And there was nothing that he liked better than going full speed in the jump off! Meredith remembers, “In the jump-off, I never used to worry about knocking a fence down with Checkmate. The more I let go of his head and the faster I went, the easier he was to ride and the higher he jumped!” This led the pair to numerous Grand Prix victories in amazingly fast jump-offs like the Mercedes-Benz Preis in Zurich, where the pair took home a brand-new Mercedes Benz CLK.
Checkmate also contributed to the championship medals hanging in Meredith’s home. He helped secure European team gold in San Patrignano, European bronze in Windsor, and perhaps, most importantly, team gold at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, just six months after Meredith’s daughter was born.
Today Joey lives in Thedinghausen with his lifetime friend Shutterfly. The two horses helped Meredith become rider of the year on three occasions. Now Petey and Joey enjoy the sun and the easy life, daily out on the field, and only argue sometimes about who gets more attention when a visitor comes.
1st place Nations Cup Wellington 2012
1st place Suncast Jumper Classic 2012
3rd place Grand Prix Paris 2011
3rd place Grand Prix Vienna 2011
1st place World Cup Lyon 2010
3rd place "Stawag Preis" CHIO Aachen 2010
1st place Grand Prix Estoril 2010
2nd place Grand Prix Pforzheim 2010
1st place Grand Prix Hagen 2010
2nd place Grand Prix Verden 2009
2nd place Nations Cup Aachen 2009
2nd place Grand Prix Wiesbaden 2009
1st place Championat von Hamburg 2009
1st place Grand Prix Estoril 2008
1st place "Stawag Preis" CHIO Aachen 2008
1st place Nations Cup Rotterdam 2008
1st place Grand Prix Wiesbaden 2008
3rd place Grand Prix Hamburg 2008
2nd place World Cup s'Hertogenbosch 2008
2nd place Grand Prix Dortmund 2008
1st place overall ranking Riders Tour 2007
2nd place World Cup Geneva 2007
2nd place Masters League Final Frankfurt 2007
2nd place Grand Prix Hannover 2007
2nd place Grand Prix Wiesbaden 2007
1st place "Mercedes Masters" Zurich 2007
1st place World Cup s'Hertogenbosch 2006
1st place overall ranking Riders Tour 2005
1st place Grand Prix Münster 2005
1st place Grand Prix Wiesbaden 2005
1st place Grand Prix Neumünster 2005
1st place overall ranking Riders Tour 2004
1st place "Lady's German Masters" Stuttgart 2004
1st place Grand Prix Münster 2004
1st place "Championat" Frankfurt 2003
World Equestrian Games Kentucky 2010:
European Championships Windsor 2009:
European Championships San Patrignano 2005:
German Championships Münster 2010:
German Championships Balve 2008:
"Joey is like a mischievous little boy. All he wants to do is "horse" around all day long!"