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End of career for Valentina van't Heike

Wednesday, 10 April 2013

Incredibly sad; it seems like the amazing Valentina van't Heike's career comes to and end. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.The fantastic Valentina van't Heike (Nabab de Reve x Lys de Davaney) has sustained a serious injury. According to the chestnut mare has broken a leg, and thus gone through surgery. The surgery went well, but resulted in the mare ending up with six screws in her leg. The website reports that the injury unfortunately also means that Valentina's career has come to an end.

Jos Lansink says to that the most important thing right now is that Valentina will get well enough to enjoy a happy retirement, as she has given him so much. The Belgian rider also hopes Valentina will recover to such an extent that they will be able to breed a little from her. Valentina van't Heike already has two offspring; Boomer van't Heike by Grandeur and Epleasure van't Heike by For Pleasure.

Together with Jos Lansink Valentina took home the team bronze medal at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in 2010, won the Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi the same year as well as winning the Grand Prix in Paris in 2009 - to mention some of her many top results. This amazing 15 year old mare is truly one of those really special horses that will be missed in the sport!


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