Euro Update: Hubertus Schmidt's Forest Gump NRW Died Unexpectedly

A big blow for German Olympic team rider Hubertus Schmidt. His current number one Grand Prix horse Forest Gump NRW died unexpectedly of colic. The 12-year old Westfalian gelding suffered from a severe colic attack and, unfortunately, could not be saved.

Forest Gump NRW is a 1995 born Westfalian gelding by Florestan out of a Pilot dam. The bay gelding was bred by Schmidt himself and trained up to Grand Prix level. Forest Gump was multiple winner in international Grand Prix classes at shows such as Lingen, Olfen, and Frankfurt. In 2005, the pair won the CDI Grand Prix at the CDIO Aachen. Two weeks ago, the pair was undefeatable at the 2007 Rolinck Cup in Munster, Germany.

Hubertus Schmidt ranked 8th on the 2006 FEI Riders Ranking aboard Forest Gump NRW. With Wansuele Suerte being for sale and the sad loss of Forest Gump, Schmidt will now have to focus his Grand Prix ambitions on the Hanoverian gelding Andretti H, his new ride for the season.

Christilot Boylen's Lucky Lemon Passed Away

Christilot Boylen’s long-time partner, the 15-year-old Hanoverian mare Lucky Lemon, owned by Dora Pabst, died peacefully on her home farm after a sudden illness in December 2006. Right before Christmas, the mare became ataxic and was found in her stall unable to stand up. Boylen and her partner Udo Lange tried everything, but the mare could no longer get up. It was in the best interest of the horse, that she was humanely put down.

Boylen’s 10-year partnership with Lucky Lemon (Lemon Park x Tannenberg) began at the 1996 Elite Spring Auction in Verden, GER, where the talented mare was purchased. Highlights of Lucky Lemon’s career include taking the prestigious 2002 CDI3* Poznan in Poland by storm, winning the Grand Prix and finishing second in the Grand Prix Special. That same year the duo also took top honours in classes at Wintrmuhle-Neu-Anspach and Heroldsberg, Nurmberg, Germany.

European Youngster Classic To Return at CDI-PJY Bonn

The European Youngster Classic, an international CDI event for FEI pony, junior and young riders, previously hosted in Duisburg, Germany, has returned on the FEI calendar and is taking place this year in Bonn, the former capital of Germany.

“The Academic Riding Club of Bonn (ARC), has decided to organize an international Dressage horse show only for the youth,” says ARC president and managing director of the show, Uwe Spenlen. The European Youngster Classics Bonn will take place on Whitsun weekend, May 25th to 27th, at the show ground in Bonn-Hardtberg, Germany. (Read More)

Rafael Soto's Invasor Retired

It is official, Rafael Soto's Andalusian stallion Invasor has been retired. The 17-year old grey stallion was retired in a public ceremony at the 2006 SICAB, the National Breed Championships of the Pure Spanish Horse in Seville, Spain, the last week of November 2006. For more than a decade, Invasor was the anchor of the Spanish dressage team together with Beatriz Ferrer-Salat's Beauvalais.

Rafael Soto Andrade is the head trainer of the Spanish Riding School in Jerez de la Frontera, Spain, and aboard Invasor he participated in three Olympic Games: Atlanta 1996, Sydney 2000 and Athens 2004. They were also the second best performing Spanish pair at the World Equestrian Games in Rome (1998), Jerez de la Frontera (2002) and Aachen (2006). With Invasor, he showed at four European Championships. He achieved his best ranking at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain, where he finished sixth individually. (Read More)

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