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Future So Bright: Crusader Ice

Tuesday, 01 May 2018
Future So Bright

Photo (c) Hervé Bonnaud / www.1clicphoto.com. Stephanie Holmén with Crusader Ice. Photo (c) Hervé Bonnaud / www.1clicphoto.com.

Crusader Ice has a lot of things going for him. Not only is he half-brother to the famous Fibonacci, he has his home with European Champion and Olympic Vice-Champion Peder Fredricson and has done nothing but impress since he was four.

Now the grey stallion – that is sired by Cabachon, out of Fibonacci’s mother Tarusa by Corland – has turned seven, and expectations are high as to what the future holds for this special horse.

“We bought Crusader Ice when he had just turned three, and it was mainly because he is out of the same mare as Fibonacci – or Fendi as he was named back then,” Lisen Bratt Fredricson tells. “The mother-line is very strong, and the mare came from VDL to Sweden through Magdalena Lagerfeldt. Tarusa was a very promising youngster, but got injured early so they started breeding with her instead. Crusader Ice was really a pure speculation, and we didn’t know that he would be as good as he is,” Lisen explains. “But he does have good siblings. Next to Fibonacci he has a brother that is jumping the 1,50m classes, and two sisters that are very successful in their age group.”

Crusader Ice has so far done everything that has been expected of him. As a 4-year-old, he won the ‘Champion of the Youngsters’ in Sweden, as a 5-year-old he won the championship at Elmia Horse Show and as a 6-year-old he was second among the youngsters at Gothenburg Horse Show. “After Gothenburg Horse Show 2017 he was breeding a lot and hardly did any shows at all that year. Now as a 7-year-old he has made his 1,40m debut, and he looks very promising. Recently he was clear in all his classes in Linz and Samorin and ended the show in Samorin by winning a 1,40m class,” Lisen says. 

Photo (c) Hervé Bonnaud / www.1clicphoto.com. "He has an amazing character, is super ambitious and has a very nice capacity," says Lisen Bratt Fredricson about Crusader Ice. Photo (c) Hervé Bonnaud / www.1clicphoto.com.

Even though Crusader Ice has done everything right so far, Lisen is carefully positive. “As we say about all the horses, they first have to prove that they can do it. That being said, Crusader’s chances are quite big. He has an amazing character, is super ambitious and has a very nice capacity. I would give him 10 points for his temperament. He is like we wish all stallions would be. He talks a little, but is amazingly nice. And a dream to ride! Peder just said the other day that if you teach him something new you don’t have to repeat it. He takes it in straight away.”

What is the plan for the future with this impressive grey? “It looks like Crusader Ice will get a lot of mares this year so after Samorin he will breed for a while and then Peder would like to compete him a little. But we take one thing at the time, he is only seven so we don’t have any stress with him. He does everything so easy. And very recently, we sold half of him to be able to keep him. So now we can really take our time with him, and hope that he will live up to our expectations,” Lisen concludes. 

 


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