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Many ownership changes ahead of the Olympics

Wednesday, 04 January 2012

Mic Mac du Tillard is one of many horses with new co-ownership ahead of the Olympics. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson.It’s not only Taloubet Z that has a new co-owner ahead of the Olympics. In November and December many horses that are considered candidates for the Olympics got new co-owners. In November Mic Mac du Tillard was registered as co-owned by her rider Angelica Augustsson and thus under Swedish nationality. The same happened with Henrik von Eckermann’s rides Allerdings and Cristallo 7 – now both co-owned by Henrik and registered under the Swedish flag.

Harrie Smolders’ ride Regina Z is now in Dutch ownership - instead of Belgian - and was registered on Harrie from 21.12.2011. Finnish rider Nina Fagerström is also well equipped for the Olympics and shares ownership with Stephex Stables of Talent and Viva from the 30.12.2011 – both horses are now registered under Finnish nationality. And Denis Lynch now co-owns Lantinus, Abberuail van het Dingeshof as well as All Inclusive NRW with his sponsor Thomas Straumann; the ownership changes where done in December and all three horses are now registered under Irish nationality. So is Shane Sweetnam's ride Amaretto D Arco, that from 21.12.2011 has been co-owned by Sweetnam and his sponsor Spy Coast Farm LLC. Rodrigo Pessoa has also secured potential Olympic rides for Brazil, and co-owns HH Rebozo and Ciske van Overis with Double H Farm as of December.

The background for the many changes is most likely the FEI rules that state that horses entered for the equestrian events at the Olympic Games must have been registered with FEI as property of owners of the same nationality as the athlete, by 31 December 2011. Horses, with multinational ownership, must be registered with FEI by the 31 December 2011 (as per above paragraph), under the name of the nation for which the horse will compete during the Olympic Games. Click here to consult the rules.

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