Fibonacci to Lillie Keenan
The top gelding Fibonacci of Meredith Michaels Beerbaum has been sold to the USA. Lillie Keenan will be the new rider. The 21-year-old trains with Cian O’Connor and was part of the team at the last CSIO Nations Cup in Ocala. Fibonacci jumped the Olympic Final in Rio de Janeiro after a double clear in the Nations Cup of Aachen with Meredith. In Doha he placed third in de GCT final last November.
Delestre New Chef d’equipe for Morocco
The Moroccan Equestrian Federation has named France’s Marcel Delestre as the new coach of their showjumping team. Marcel Delestre has been responsable for the french junior and young riders team from 2001 till 2011 and from team Colombia from 2013 till 2016. His new team will need to qualify for the World Equestrian Games in Tryon next year as well as for the Mediterranean Games in Barcelona and the 2020 Olympic Games in Tokyo. Marcel is the father of Simon Delestre.
Two New Horses for Eric Lamaze
Eric Lamaze has two new rides in his string of horses. The eight-year-old mare Jewel (Kannan) previously ridden by Colombia’s Dayro Arroyave, was located in Belgium and owned by Gilbert de Roock. The second new talent in the Olympic champion’s stable is Thalis de la Roque (Kannan), a 10-year-old mare which competed in 1.50m classes under the saddle Great Britain’s Emily Moffitt and Ben Maher. The new pair has competed for the first time at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Wellington, achieving a clear round in a 1.45m event.
Zirocco Blue Retires
VDL Stud has announced that their top stallion Zirocco Blue VDL (Mr Blue) is retired from the sport. Aged 13, his last competition was the Olympic Games in Rio, where he had a deceiving show. Before, under Jur Vrieling’s saddle, Zirocco Blue VDL won the team gold medal at the European Championships in Aachen in 2015. The same year, the grey stallion was on the winning team at CSIO5* Rotterdam and Rome’s nations cup. He also took a home win in the 5* Grand Prix of Rotterdam and won the World Cup qualifier in Oslo. Zirocco Blue VDL will now focus on his breeding duties at VDL Stud in Bears, The Netherlands.
VDL Corland Died
The Dutch VDL Stud has announced that their top stallion Corland (Cor De La Bryere) is no more. The talented grey stallion died on the age of 28. Under Wout Jan Van Der Schans’s saddle, Corland was a part of the Dutch team at the European Championships in Arnhem in which he had the best result in the first qualifier, the best score in the team competition and was 9th in the final. The pair also won several 5* Grand Prix. Corland produced several superstars like for example Kevin Staut’s Silvana HDC or Gerco Schroder and Sheik Ali Al Thani’s California.
Carrera VDL Injured
Van De Lageweg Stud’s promising stallion Carrera VDL (Cardento) underwent a surgery to heal a fetlock fissure. The stallion that has made a name for himself this season under Jur Vrieling’s saddle. He needs a break of one month and if everything goes well, will start his stallion duties and training again end of April.
New Born Foals at Haras des Coudrettes
Kevin Staut’s former GP ride Quismy Des Vaux (Dollar de la Pierre), who’s career stopped following the attack of Romain Duguet’s stallion Othello du Soleil last year at CSIO5* St Gallen, has given birth to a filly at the Haras des Coudrettes. The filly who was born by embryo transfer and the sire is the great Casall. The foal will be called Hugmy as a tribute to her mom.
Also the great Silvana’s (Corland) first foal is born at the Haras De Coudrettes. This foal’s sire is no other than her stable mate, Carinjo HDC (Cascavelle), former Holstein stallion and now GP winner with Patrice Delaveau. The foal is born by embryo transfer and his owners Mr and Mrs Armand Pette are looking for a name for this future champion.
Edwina Tops Alexander and Jan Tops announced they are expecting their first child together in August. After her fabulous win in Paris Saut Hermès, Edwina has hung her boots to enjoy this very special time with her husband. This will be Edwina’s first child. Jan already is the father of Julia Tops.
Lansink Competing Again
The Dutch superstar Jos Lansink is back in the saddle this week at CSI3* Arezzo. Jos Lansink has been out for more than a year following a prostate cancer treatment.
He has stated that he’s feeling well but it’s too soon to talk about his future as a rider. Lansink rode also Pieter Clemens’ top horse Horizon de Regor in Arezzo.
Olympic Silver Medallist All In Competing Again
The gelding H&M All In (Kashmir vh Schuttershof) of Peder Fredricson is competing again. The horse jumped its last round during the individual jump-off in Rio de Janeira, in which he placed second to win the Silver medal. After the championship he got a break, but during this time All In had a colic attack. Due to risk for more attacks, the horse had to undergo surgery. Now he jumped his first competition again, more than six months later…
New Horses for Darragh Kenny
Ireland’s Darragh Kenny has two new promising rides in his string of horses. Both horses won already at the end of the WEF. The nine-year-old Important de Muze (Erco van T’Roosakker) is a son of Pieter Devos’ Calgary grand Prix winner Candy.
Important de Muze has been competed successfully under Jos lansink’s saddle and his stable riders Pieter Clemens and Frank Schuttert. Kenny also found his current top horse Go Easy de Muze in Lansink’s barn. Furthermore Kenny also took over the ride of Billy Onslow (Billy Congo) of William Funnell.
Cornado Back in Competition
Following his injury the day before the start of the Olympic Games in Rio, Marcus Ehning’s Cornado NRW has started training again and is back on track. Ehning states that they will prepare the 2017 outdoor season.
Jeleena de Muze Sold to USA
Stephex Stables’s Jeleena De Muze, winner of the 7 years old Lanaken World Championships silver medal in 2016 under Lorenzo De Luca, has been sold to the States. Jeleena De Muze (Tornedo FC) comes out of Maikel Van Der Vleuten’s top mare VDL Groep Eureka and the same dam line as London (Gerco Schröder), Golden Hawk (Shane Breen) and Ta Belle Van Sombeke (Jos lansink).
Hos d’O to Harrie Smolders
Joris De Brabander’s approved BWP stallion Hos d’O (Dollar de la Pierre) moved to Harrie Smolders, who started to compete him last month. The new pairs looks promising, but Harrie doesn’t want to hurry too much on the ten-year-old. We’re in phase that we have to get to know each other now. Hos d’O was brought up to 1.50m level by Karline De Brabander, the daughter of the stallionneer.