• FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Individual Dressage Ranking Number 1: Isabell Werth (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Kent Farrington (USA) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

  • FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    FEI World Eventing Athlete Rankings Number 1: Michael Jung (GER) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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Happiness van't Paradijs sold to Mexico

The Stephex Stables has sold their 10-year-old BWP mare Happiness van’t Paradijs to Mexico. Under Daniel Deusser, the mare was very successful in 5* classes, including Valkenswaard, Stuttgart and Doha, and also won the Longines Master of Hong Kong this year. The Obourg daughter was schooled by Jonna Ekberg, another Stephex Stables rider, before Deusser took over the reins. Ekberg rode the BWP mare into the spotlight at the World Championships for six-year-olds, making it into the final.

My Lady retired

Mikala Münter Gundersen’s Grand Prix horse My Lady is retired. The 17-year-old mare by Michellino was bought by owner Janne Rumbough in 2011 without any intention to make her into a Grand Prix horse. But under Gundersen, the mare grew into one of Denmark’s all time most successful dressage combinations. Mikala Gundersen and My Lady competed for Denmark at the 2014 WEG in Caen, as well as the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, helping her team qualify for the 2016 Rio Olympics, even though the pair themselves did not appear in Rio de Janeiro. They were however successful in the 2014 Lyon World Cup Final and the 2015 Las Vegas World Cup Final. The mare can now enjoy her retirement in her field at Ocala, Florida, awaiting her ‘new adventure’, according to owner Rumbough, as My Lady will be bred to the Vivaldi-son Vitalis.

Filly for Silvana HDC and Carinjo HDC

At the Haras des Coudrettes stud in France, surrogate mare Béa has given birth to a little filly named 'Hathena’, by the ‘power couple’ Silvana HDC and Holstein stallion Carinjo HDC. The famous dam and sire, ridden by Kevin Staut and Patrice Delaveau, have produced another offspring together; earlier in the year Haras des Coudrettes welcomed the little colt Hilvanjo through ET. Corland-daughter Silvana only retired from the top sport last year at the age of 17, after being so successful at the highest level under Kevin Staut for years.

New talent for Denis Lynch

Denis Lynch has shown a new talent at the CSI5* of Versailles; the Irish show jumper has taken over the reins to the Holstein mare RMF Zecilie from US rider Kimberly Prince. The 10-year-old Acolord daughter was born at the renowned German Maas Hell stud and debuted in her first international competitions under Andreas Ripke. Kimberly Prince took over the ride a year ago, when the mare changed ownership to the US Rushy Marsch Farm. Denis Lynch rides several Rushy Marsch Farm horses, including RMF Fatum (by Orlando). Lynch debuted this 12-year-old BWP in La Baule, after he was also previously ridden by Kimberly Prince.

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