Euro Update: Rumor Control, Blue Hors Matine Not Sold

Some rumors refuse to die and one of the toughest rumours to which no end seems to come is the one concerning Blue Hors Matine. Rumour has it that the Danish warmblood mare, who won the Grand Prix Special bronze and Grand Prix kur silver medal under Andreas Helgstrand at the 2006 World Equestrian Games, sold for 9 million euro. This is not true. The mare has not been sold and is not for sale.

The rumor started on the Grand Prix Special day at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, when a German reported wrote that the mare sold to a sheik for 2 million euro. Only a few hours later, the selling price had risen from 2 million to 5 million. At the press conference that evening, the rumored price for the mare was 7 million euro!! Andreas Helgstrand stated immediately that the mare has not been sold, and is not for sale. "We buy champions like her, we don't sell them," he joked. On the Grand Prix freestyle day, the mare had supposedly been sold for 9 million euro and the buyer was American. One month after the WEG, bulletin boards are still buzzing with reports about the sale of mare.

Esben Moller, manager of Blue Hors Stud, confirmed to yesterday that the mare is not for sale. "Matiné has not been sold and is not for sale either, but somehow this rumor won’t stop," Moller told Eurodressage.

Troy Passed Away

On Saturday morning october 7, 2006, the KWPN licensed breeding stallion Troy passed away. Troy collapsed in the walker and died instantly. The necropsy at the University Clinic of Utrecht showed that the stallion died of a ruptured aorta. Troy was only 6 years old. The dark bay stallion Troy is by Negro out of keur mare Lieni (Glendale x Radboud x Jurriaan). Under Niels Bax, he became the Z1 Champion at the 2006 Dutch Dressage Championships. Troy is bred by Mr. Klinkhamer from Graft, The Netherlands, and was initially owned by H. de Koning who then sold the bay stallion to Peter van der Zwan of De Keyzershoeve.

Ideaal Passed Away

Sven Rothenberger's multiple medal winning horse Ideaal has passed away. The Dutch warmblood gelmding was found dead in his stall this morning October 6, 2006. He was 31 years old and died of old age.

The 1975 born KWPN bred gelding Ideaal was by Doruto out of Karina (by Eufraat x Admiraal). Under O-judge Dr. Volker Moritz, the bay gelding competed in his first Grand Prix at age 7. He then went to Johan Hinnemann, who became the 1987 German Dressage champion on him and won individual bronze at the 1987 European Championships in Goodwood.

Afterwards, Ideaal sold to Sven Rothenberger who booked big show successes with this horse. The pair won team gold at the 1990 World Equestrian Games in Stockholm and placed second at the 1992 and 1993 World Cup Finals. They finished second at the German Dressage Championships. Under Sven's wife Gonnelien Rothenberger, Ideaal won team bronze at the 1993 European Championships.

"Ideaal was really 'ideal'. His name was truly correctly chosen," Rothenberger told Eurodressage. "He did everything and was still in top shape when we retired him at age 19. I wish I could find a horse for my children that gives such a good feeling as the feeling he gave me when I rode him."

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