Affectionately called “Petey,” the gelding (by Silvio out of Flamm) was a three-time winner of the FEI World Cup Final (2005, 2008, and 2009), including two wins in Las Vegas.
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When a 6-year-old Shutterfly caught the eye of German rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum at a show in Rastede, Germany, owner and breeder Uwe Dreesmann was not ready to sell him. Six months later, Dreesmann got in touch with Michaels-Beerbaum, and her amazing partnership with the bay Hanoverian – then named Struwwelpeter after a German cartoon character – began. Their historic successes together included countless grand prix victories and established Shutterfly as one of the best horses in show jumping history.
A sensitive and nervous horse, owned in partnership with Jim and Nancy Clark, Shutterfly worked best when he trusted the people around him. Affectionately called “Petey,” the gelding (by Silvio out of Flamm) was a three-time winner of the FEI World Cup Final (2005, 2008, and 2009), including two wins in Las Vegas. He was also a two-time winner at the Top Ten Final in Geneva (2004 and 2006), and double Bronze medal winner at the 2006 World Equestrian Games.
His international victories began in 2002 with top honors in the Grand Prix at Palm Beach, Grand Prix of Hickstead, and the Euroclassics in Bremen. Along with the titles at the 2003 Grand Prix at Olympia in London, Shutterfly took second in the 2004 FEI World Cup Final in Milan and continued to build on that early success as his career went on.
Shutterfly soared to the win to help Michaels-Beerbaum earn her first World Cup title in 2005 in Las Vegas with a total of four faults for the entire competition. The pair claimed both the individual and team Bronze medals at Aachen in the 2006 World Equestrian Games and repeated their spectacular World Cup performance to win the 2008 Final in Gothenberg. After competing successfully in other grand prix events including several Nations Cups at Aachen, and riding just shy of the individual Olympic podium to fourth place at the 2008 Beijing Games, Shutterfly returned to Las Vegas in 2009 to top the board after every round and claim his third record-tying FEI World Cup victory.
During the 2011 World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, Shutterfly won the Warsteiner Prize. The show jumping superstar then had his retirement ceremony there, bringing to a close one of the greatest careers in show jumping history.