José Daniel Martin Dockx and Grandioso III had their retirement ceremony Saturday evening under the lights at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival. There was not a dry eye in the house as far as the eye could see. They have accomplished so much together and Grandioso III is having a well deserved "vacation" at beautiful Hampton Green Farm with his owner Kim Van Kampen. Grandioso III is a 1999 bay stallion, imported from Spain in 2003. He is from the Adelante/Sevillano IX (Albero II) lines produced by the Yeguada Marin Garcia.
With much success early on as a young horse in the United States, Grandioso III climbed the ranks to FEI with two-time World Cup competitor and Olympian Courtney King-Dye. In 2009, the pair qualified for the USET Festival of Champions in Gladstone at Intermediare I, where they finished 5th in the country. In early 2010, Grandioso III was introduced to Intermediare II in Wellington with scores continuing above 68%. King-Dye's tragic accident on another horse side-lined Grandioso III's hopes for a chance at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky with an American rider.
In 2011, Grandioso III headed to Europe to eventually land in Spain with new rider Jose Daniel Martin Dockx. After earning the title of Champions of Spain in 2011, the pair contiued to rise up the International ranks and were awarded a well earned spot on the Spanish Team for the 2012 London Olympic Games. With many International successes in between, including the 2013 and 2015 European Championships and 2014 World Equestrian Games, Grandioso III culminated an illustious career with a ride down centerline once again representing Spain at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games!
Kim Van Kampen's Grandioso III will now move home to enjoy life at the beautiful Hampton Green Farm.