Maikel van der Vleuten (NED) said in an extensive interview with Ducth newspaper Eindhovens Dagblad that Dana Blue (by Mr Blue) was operated last Thursday in Berlin. The top mare will have to rehabilitate for about a year, Van der Vleuten is hopeful that she will return to the highest level. For Tokyo Van der Vleuten had Beauville Z (by Bustique) in mind anyway, the jumping rider says. Van der Vleuten and Dana Blue had an unlucky fall at an oxer at the CSI5* in Doha. It was immediately clear that the mare had suffered an injury. In consultation with the vet Van der Vleuten chose for an operation: “Then the bone is in the right place again and she can quietly start her rehab. The alternative – letting the injury heal in a natural way – would be more risky.” The operation was successful and if all goes well Dana Blue can go home again after the weekend.
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