Artisan Farms of Wellington, Florida, and Vrasene, Belgium, has acquired Pius Schwizer’s Clever Lady for Andy Ziegler. The 2003 grey Holsteiner mare (Cassini I x Limbus) has had much success during the European fall circuit under the Swiss rider, earning top placings in Lyon, Doha, Geneva, Olympia and Basel.
We are excited about Clever Lady,” said Andy Ziegler who, with his wife, Carlene, owns Artisan Farms LLC. “She’s got lots of scope and quality, she can be quite competitive, and importantly for me, she’s very rideable. Eric (Lamaze) knows the horse well, and we are optimistic that it will be a good match.”
Lamaze first watched the horse compete at CSI5* Lyon, France, and said, “When I first saw the mare, I watched it go and really liked it. When we were looking for a horse for Andy this winter, our agent Gilbert (de Roock) thought of that horse. It had just come out of CSI5* Basel where it had a great show.”
In the spring of 2013, Artisan Farms purchased Powerplay for Eric Lamaze and Verdi III for Tiffany Foster from Schwizer. Both horses were members of Canada’s Nations’ Cup teams at the Spruce Meadows “Continental” and “Masters” tournaments in Calgary, Canada, as well as the €1,500,000 Furusiyya Nations’ Cup Final in Barcelona, Spain.
“I obviously like doing business with Pius,” said Lamaze. “We are so happy with the first two purchases. Powerplay and Verdi III are so well-mannered, well-broke, and their groundwork is impeccable. We have great faith in Pius, and we feel very comfortable that Clever Lady is going to be a great addition for Andy.I think Andy is thrilled about the horse.”
Source: Press release from Starting Gate Communications
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