Farbenfroh and Nadine Capellmann

With his flamboyant extensions, his white blaze, and four white socks, the "fabulous" Farbenfroh, a 12-year-old chestnut Westphalian gelding, ridden by Nadine Capellmann was the dressage star at Aachen this year, stealing the limelight from his teammate Rusty, the reigning World Cup Champion, by winning the 2002 CHIO Aachen Grand Prix Freestyle, June 30th.

Nadine Capellmann, the daughter of the late renowned international dressage rider, Kurt Capellmann, and Farbenfroh (which means "the colorful one" in German) were 2000 Olympic Team Gold members for Germany at the 2000 Sydney Olympic Games, and the 2001 European Championships in 2001, along with an individual bronze, will represent her country this September, at the World Equestrian Games, Jerez, Spain.

Farbenfroh, who is by Freudentaenzer, is known by his rider and teammates as a "practical joker" was also elected by the readers of the equestrian magazine, the Reiter Revue as "Horse of the Year" an award that was bestowed on him at CHIO Aachen, in front of a record crowd that topped off at 300,500 in total attendance.

"He operates between genius and madness." characterized Capellmann. "Today he books world records in the arena, and tomorrow some madness can come around and victory is gone!" In fact, it is characteristic of the horse to make silly mistakes, sometime due to a last second spook, or a misstep in a change, which cost him points in the Grand Prix, and the Special. But during the Freestyle, he wowed the crowd, with accurate movements, ears always forward, and showing his famous extensions that drew applause from the educated dressage watchers who could not contain their delight. Edging out their Teammates, Ulla Salzgeber and Rusty by just fractions of a percentage, victory was theirs, this time.

Related Links
HorsesDaily "On the Scene" at 2002 CHIO Aachen
Nadine Capellmann's Official Website (in German but with lots of photos)