The KWPN approved stallion Idocus (Equador x Zonneglans) has died at the age of 31. With Marlies van Baalen in the saddle Idocus was successful in the international dressage sport and represented the Netherlands at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens. Afterwards he continued his career under the saddle of Courtney King-Dye. The stallion spent his last years at DG Bar Ranch in the United States. Idocus was bought as a yearling by Christine McCarthy. She brought him to the United States. The stallion enjoyed his training under the saddle of Lendon Gray and Courtney King, but returned to Dutch soil in 2001. The combination won the Grand Prix at Indoor Brabant in 2003, came second in Berlin and Aarhus and won the Grand Prix Freestyle in Zuidlaren. The following year Idocus won Best Stallion at the Stallion Show in Zwolle and received a wildcard for the world cup finals in Düsseldorf, where he finished seventh. In 2004 Van Baalen and Idocus qualified for the Olympic Games in Athens. A year after the Games McCarthy brought the stallion back to the United States, where he continued his career with Courtney King. In 2007 they finished sixth in the FEI World Cup finals. A year later the then nineteen-year-old KWPN stallion competed at his last show. After that he was allowed to enjoy his retirement at DG Bar Ranch. Although Idocus was retired from competition, he was still ridden by Ashlyn de Groot until 2011. He stood at stud until 2017. In 2018, his last three foals were born. Last year Ralph van Venrooij and Henk Dirksen travelled to the three-day KWPN-NA event in the USA, where they presented Idocus with a certificate.
Photo: Marlies van Baalen Marlies with Idocus during the 2003 KWPN Stallion Show.
Photo by Hippo Foto