"For me, Shutterfly was the most perfect horse in the world!"
When he was born, Shutterfly had such a messy, tousled mane that his breeder named him "Struwwelpeter" after the German cartoon character who resembled Edward Scissorhands. But it didn’t take long for him to mature into an elegant six year old gelding who caught Meredith's attention at a show in Rastede in 1999. When Meredith originally asked his owner and breeder Uwe Dreesmann if he was for sale, Dreesmann was negative. However, six months later, Dreesmann got in touch with Meredith and shortly thereafter Struwwelpeter came to Thedinghausen. Jim and Nancy Clark purchased Struwwelpeter and he was renamed Shutterfly, because his name was so difficult for Americans to pronounce. He was called Petey as a nickname.
Meredith recalls that Shutterfly was extremely sensitive and nervous. "He only became great when he entered the ring. There he knew he had ability and he became confident. Over many years, he gradually learned to trust the people around him, including the grooms in the stable. He was always delicate, but became easier to handle once he trusted you."
At the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen Shutterfly's sensitivity was obvious to everyone. Meredith and Shutterfly had reached the Final Four of the show-jumping event, where the riders switch horses. A change of riders meant a change of saddles and that meant stress for Shutterfly. With every change, Shutterfly became increasingly upset and difficult to saddle. Although he was panicked and was dripping with sweat, he still did his job in the course. Afterward, Meredith promised him that he would never have to do anything like that again.
Shutterfly’s successes total more than 3.5 million euros, making him the most successful show jumper in the world at that time. Some of his great victories include three time winner of the World Cup Final, the Rolex Grand Prix of Aachen 2005, two time winner of the Top Ten Final, two Bronze Medals at the World Equestrian Games 2006, individual gold and team silver at the European Championships in Mannheim. He and Checkmate helped Meredith win the lucrative title of Rider of the Year three times. Last but not least, Shutterfly won the Prize of Europe at Aachen 2011 at age eighteen. He was retired there in Aachen on the same weekend where fifty-five thousand adoring fans gave him a standing ovation. Shutterfly is now enjoying his well-deserved retirement in Thedinghausen.
1st Place "Prize of Europe" CHIO Aachen 2011
1st Place Grand Prix Arezzo 2008
1st Place Nations Cup CHIO Aachen 2008
1st Place Grand Prix Cannes 2008
1st Place Grand Prix Stuttgart 2007
1st Place Grand Prix Munich 2007
1st Place Grand Prix Lyon 2007
1st Place Grand Prix Arezzo 2007
1st Place Nations Cup CHIO Aachen 2007
1st Place "Gothenburg Trophy" 2007
1st Place Top Ten Final Geneva 2006
1st Place Grand Prix Munich 2006
1st Place Grand Prix Stuttgart 2006
1st Place Grand Prix Geesteren 2006
1st Place Nations Cup Lucerne 2006
1st Place Nations Cup CHIO Aachen 2006
1st Place World Cup Gothenburg 2006
1st Place Grand Prix CHIO Aachen 2005
1st Place World Cup s'Hertogenbosch 2005
1st Place "Top Ten Final" Geneva 2004
1st Place Nations Cup Calgary 2004
1st Place Nations Cup CHIO Aachen 2004
1st Place Grand Prix Lucerne 2004
1st Place World Cup Amsterdam 2004
1st Place Grand Prix London 2003
1st Place World Cup Wellington 2003
1st Place World Cup Berlin 2002
1st Place "Euroclassics" Bremen 2002
1st Place Grand Prix Hickstead 2002
1st Place Grand Prix Palm Beach 2002
European Championships Mannheim 2007:
World Equestrian Games Aachen 2006:
World Cup Finals:
Win of the Finals in 2005, 2008 and 2009
2nd place 2004
Individual: 4th place Hong-Kong/Beijing 2008