• 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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Inbreeding: understandable or risky?

After a lengthy pause away from competition, Palloubet d’Halong (by Baloubet du Rouet) is making his comeback under Bassem Hassan Mohammed. After a few 1,35m, 1,40m and 1,45m classes, the pair returned to the highest level of the sport at the World Cup leg of Verona. Under Swiss rider Janika Sprunger, the 14-year-old gelding achieved his greatest successes, including seventh at the 2013 European Championships in Herning. In the autumn of 2013, Jan Tops bought Palloubet d’Halong for the record breaking price of €11 million. Ali Yousef Al Rumaihi competed the gelding in late 2013, before handing the reins to Bassem Hassan Mohammed.

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