Nathalie zu Sayn-Wittgenstein and Digby (by Donnerhall) were part of the Danish national team for many years. The DWB approved stallion was 23 years old. Zu Sayn-Wittgenstein was there at Digby’s birth and took the difficult decision to put him to sleep. Digby suddenly became lame and X-rays were taken for the second time in his life. These showed that the coffin bone had rotated. It was a difficult decision for the princess, her stallion had never been ill or injured. She entered her stallion’s first Grand Prix at the age of eight. They participated in two Olympic Games (Hong Kong 2008 and London 2012). At the Games in Hong Kong they won bronze with the team and finished individually in twelfth place. The last competition was the World Equestrian Games in Caen in 2014. In 2016 zu Sayn-Wittgenstein wrote a book about Digby. He was not the textbook example of a born Grand Prix talent, but was eventually trained to become one of the leading horses at the highest level, from 2006 until his retirement in 2014. The book is about his training. With the book, his rider hopes to inspire others to believe in their horse, even though they may not seem to have the most potential. She wants to show that a lot can be achieved with patience and hard and focused work, and gives tips on solving the problems you may encounter during the training of a dressage horse.
Source: Tidningen Ridsport
Photo by Hippo Foto
Photo: Nathalie Zu Sayn Wittgenstein and Digby during the Grand Prix Team Competition Dressage at the 2014 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games™, Normandy, France.