Quite some time has past since our last English update on the website for all those following us from abroad, may this be sponsors, clients, supporters or friends and we apologise for not keeping you up to date for a while.
The 2016 season has been yet another exciting year especially from the perspective of our up-and-coming Young horses who have had a very good season.
Our long-time superstar and one-in-a-million Hop and Skip had another wonderful season coming 7th at Luhmuhlen CIC*** and 14th at Aachen CICO***. Although the major ambition to be selected for the Rio Olympics was not fulfilled it was an enormous pleasure to see him completing the events in such great style coming home fresh and fit every single time.
Considering that he is 17 already and does not owe us anything, together with his owner Freya Rethmeier we decided to retire him from the big sport of eventing. The CICO*** in Aachen this year has therefore been his last show. Seeing him complete the cross in such great style was all we could have wished for and we are happy for this to have been his last big outing. Since Freya Rethmeier bought ”Baxter“ from Kenki Sato in 2010 he has competed at one World Games and two European Championships where he won Team Gold on all three occasions and also claimed individual 6th and 7th at the Europeans in 2013 and 2015. In 2012 he was shortlisted for London Olympic Games where he only had to stay home in favour of his stable companion Kind Artus. Instead in 2012 he came 11th at Burghley and in 2015 also finished 8th at Luhmuhlen CCI****.
Whilst replacing a horse like Baxter is hardly possible we are very excited for Freya Rethmeier to own two of our most promising up-and-coming horses, 7yr olds Catelan and Unteam de la Cense. Both have developed fantastically making continuous progress and brought home almost only good results from their 1* events this year.
Towards the end of the season Hans-Guenter Koehler’s Call me Honey returned successfully with a 6th at Rhreurd CIC* after being forced to take a bit of break in the first half of the year.
Finally, Nina Lanterman’s Mr. Tomtom kept making great progress throughout the year and rose above in his first ever 3*CCI at Boekelo in the autumn proving confidence that he is right up there for more 3* challenges in the year to come.
Overall, it is great fun to watch and feel the young horses grow and rise to new challenges throughout the year. Although there is no one to step into Baxter’s footsteps immediately, we put a lot of confidence in our young horses and very much look forward to keeping developing them carefully, each getting all the time it needs to grow further.
The team lead by Sabrina and Ben made a great effort to take the 5 and 6yr olds out to the young horse classes whilst competing their own rides successfully at 2* & 3* level.
All of this would not be possible without the fantastic support of our owners, sponsors and friends continuisly supporting us and enabling us to provide our horses with the best possible care and products for their health and wellbeing. A special thanks go to Dy’on, Amerigo, Cavalor, Trust Equestrian, Kentucky, Kep Italia & Marksway HorseHage.
Whilst things never stand still we look forward to a few quieter months on the yard before heading towards another exciting year in 2017.