Corradina not ready for Games
Carsten Otto Nagel, the silver medallist of the European Championship in Madrid last year, will not go to the Olympic Games with team Germany. His wonderful grey mare Corradina (right) has a lack of training, caused by a dental operation earlier this season. Corradina hasn't done any big show this season so far. Aachen was the last possible way for Nagel to qualify for London, but now the rider withdrew for this show.Swiss Olympic team
Urs Grünig, Switzerland's Chef d'Equipe for show jumping, has announced his country's Olympic team. Clarissa Crotta (LEFT) with West Side van Meerputhoeve, Steve Guerdat with Nino des Buisssonnets, Nasa or Carpalo, Werner Muff with Kiamon and Pius Schwizer with Carlina or Verdi will all go to London as well as Paul Estermann with Castlefield Eclipse as reserve. Switzerland will bring four of these five riders to Aachen. Clarissa Crotta will not go though, so Paul Estermann takes her place on the team. Clarissa will ride the Nations Cup in Falsterbo. This will be the first Olympics for Clarissa Crotta and Werner Muff, and the first championship ever for Paul Estermann.
Smolders replaces Dubbeldam
Jeroen Dubbeldam of the Netherlands has announced to not go to the Super League in Aachen because he’s not ready to go with his new mare Utascha, who is owned by a Dutch fund. In his place Rob Ehrens has put in Harrie Smolders (right) on the team after his great performances over the last months, such as during the World Cup final and the Super League of Rotterdam. Jeroen Dubbeldam is also not going to the Olympics. In the Netherlands it looks like Gerco Schröder, Marc Houtzager, Maikel van der Vleuten and Jur Vrieling are ready to go. After Aachen the total team will be revealed.
Gregory Whatelet withdraws for Aachen
Recently the mare Cadjanine Z was bought by the Belgian investor Alain Vancampenhoudt with the eye on the Olympics in London. Gregory got the ride of the mare beginning of the year and after a tenth place in Doha and a fourth spot in La Baule, it looked like the pair was heading straight to London. Now an injury makes things more complicated. Wathelet and Cadjanine had to prove one more time in Aachen, but last week the rider withdrew for that show. Ludo Philippaerts replaces the Belgian number one of the moment. It’s still questionable which riders Belgian team chef Philippe Guerdat will pick for London. Today only Philippe Le Jeune (left) with Vigo d’Arsouilles has certainty.
Sky High back to GP
Talented Egyptian rider Abdel Saïd (right has one more GP horse right now. Sky High, his fourteen year old former top mare, which has been out of the sport since she damaged her tendon after Oslo Horse Show in 2009, is back competing. ‘I didn’t think she would ever get back so I’m really happy’, the pupil of Emile Hendrix says enthusiastically about his favorite horse that he’s had since she was five. ‘She hurt her hind leg during a transport from Oslo to Helsinki. She was attacked on the truck by a stallion.’ Abdel explains that they were advised to put the mare down as the vet did not find there was any hope for her. The mare was put on retirement and went to a ET station, where they caught eight embryos from her, Abdel took her home over the winter. At this point the mare moved so good that he tried to ride her a little. She started jumping again in the Sunshine Tour last
winter. After a couple of clear rounds at some 2* shows recently Abdel now has his fingers crossed that her form stays good. If everything works out she might be able to do some bigger classes again eventually.
HDC keeps investing
It seems to be no end to Haras des Coudrettes’ actions for the French team. Today it was known that HDC’s last purchase is Estoy Aqui de Muze (Malito de Reves x Kashmir van Schuttershof) for Kevin Staut (left) to keep riding. Staut has already been competing the eight year old chestnut-mare for about a month, but their future partnerships is now secured. The HDC riders Kevin Staut, Olivier Guillon and Patrice Delaveau recently made public that they will put up a stable together in Normandy, where top sport has to be the focus.
Ninja La Silla back in the ring
Ninja La Silla (right) came home with a fever after the Global Champions Tour in Doha in March, and it has taken time for him to recover properly. Rolf's original plan to jump the 17-year-old gelding at the CSIO Rotterdam has been changed. The horse is only this weekend at the CSI2* of Steinhagen back competing. ‘Ninja La Silla feels good at the moment, but was too early for him to do Rotterdam’, Rolf says. Instead he brought Carusso LS La Silla to Rotterdam, who jumped his first nations cup brilliantly with only one time penalty over two rounds. Rolf’s first choice for the Olympic Games is Casall La Silla, who seems in top form at the moment.
Ten Ferraris Confiscated at Eurocommerce
Ten very valuable Ferraris were conviscated at Eurocommerce. The real estate company is known in the equestrian world as one of the most famous showjumping stables in the Netherlands. Among the cars is also a Ferrari F40, which alone accounts for 400.000 euros. The total value of the Ferraris is amounting to millions. The company is
supposed to be in financial difficulties for some time. In the beginning of June the stallion Canturano was sold for half a million euro at Horse Auction Aalst.
Haras de Hus in Belgian cooperation
After Haras de Hus (right) ended up working together with French top rider Kevin Staut, three stallions have moved to Belgium. World champion Philippe Le Jeune already rode Once de Kreisker for the French stud. Recently he welcomed the stallions Bazooka de Hus (Berlin) and the eight year old Levistan (Levisto Z). Gregory Whatelet, who already rides Banda de Hus, now also gets Balthazar (Balou du Rouet).