• 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: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

    Longines Rankings Show Jumping Number 1: Harrie Smolders (NED) Photo: Hippo Foto/Dirk Caremans

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Foreign Affair for sale

The Rothenberger family was not able to enjoy former KWPN stallion Foreign Affair (Rock Forever x Scandic) for long. Just over one year after coming to Gestüt Erlenhof, the gelding is moving back to Patrik Kittel’s stables to be sold. Under Kittel’s stable rider Malin Nilsson, Jan Greve’s breeding product won both Nürnberger Burg Pokal classes at Horses and Dreams in Hagen, Germany, and he was sold to the Rothenberger family and Ralph Westhoff shortly thereafter. Sanneke Rothenberger was first to take the reins, later younger sister Semmieke took over, finishing second at their debut in the S1* in Darmstadt-Kranichstein.

Unee BB to retire at the end of this year

German dressage rider Jessica von Bredow-Werndl announced the retirement of her successful Unee BB at the end of this year. The 17 year old Gribaldi son will appear in his last international start at Frankfurt. Von Bredow-Werndl made her international debut on the KWPN stallion in 2013 at Vidauban. They were longlisted for the European championships in Herning that same year, as well as reserve for the 2014 WEG in Normandy. The pair’s first big success came in 2015, when they took bronze at the world cup finals in Las Vegas. The year after, they were part of the bronze wining German team at the Aachen European championships. There were two further bronze world cup final medals, in 2016 and this year. Von Bredow-Werndl can however count on her other mounts Zaïre-E (Son de Niro x Jazz) and TSF Dalera BB (Easy Game x Handryk), with the hugely talented Ferdinand BB (Florencio I x Lanciano) is waiting in the ranks to compete at the highest level.

Ringwood Cockatoo passed away

German eventer Bettina Hoy has announced the passing of her former top horse Ringwood Cockatoo, at the age of 27; “Ringwood Cockatoo decided it was time for his last great journey. He gave me the most special moments of my sporting career.” Bred in Ireland by Hilary Greer, the son of Peacock xx recorded ten victories at 3* level and two at 4* level; in Luhmühlen in 2005 and Pau in 2008. During the 2004 Athens Olympics, Hoy was awarded both team and individual gold, becoming the first female rider to win the individual eventing. However, a few days after the competition the CAS awarded a protest by the British, French and American teams that Hoy had crossed the starting line twice. Hoy was penalized with 12 penalty points and dropped to ninth place, the German team also losing their medal. In 2005, the pair came back with a bronze team medal at the European championships and in 2006 they added team gold at the World Equestrian Games on home turf in Aachen. They eventually won their first individual medal at the 2007 Pratoni del Vivaro European championships, bronze. Ringwood Cockatoo officially retired at Boekelo in 2009, although he did compete in the lower levels a few times under Thai rider Promton Kingwan before he went back to England for his retirement. Hoy concluded; “Although I do not have the medal to prove it, he will always be my Olympic champion.”

Mr. Medicott retired

Four star eventer Mr. Medicott is going to enjoy his retirement. Olivia Dutton’s mount said goodbye to international competition in an emotional ceremony at Kalispell, Montana. Under Olivia’s father Phillip Dutton, the Cruising son performed at 4* level, before Olivia took over the ride when she was 16. Mr. Medicott ran his 50th international competition at the age of 19 under Olivia, and out of these 50 starts he finished in the top ten on 31 occasions. He had nine starts at 4* level under four different riders, and culminated his career with a victory at the CICOY2* Adequan FEI American Youth Championships. The gelding, originally named Crag Cave Slievelrach, was bred in Ireland and part of Germany’s gold medal winning team at the 2008 Olympics. He represented Germany again at the 2010 World Equestrian Games, after which he moved to the United States. Karen O’Conner steered the gelding to fourth place at the 2012 CCI4* of Kentucky, and that same year the pair finished as the highest ranked American pair at the London Olympics. 2012 was a good year for Mr. Medicott, as he was also named USEA Horse of the Year that year and led the WBFSH eventing rankings.

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