Henrik von Eckermann will continue to compete Coupe de Couer with the Olympics in London next year as their main goal. Originally von Eckermann was only given the ride on the grey stallion – usually ridden by his boss Ludger Beerbaum – for the European Championships in Madrid. But after the pair’s excellent results – they only had one pole down over the five rounds and ended up as number five overall – Henrik has been given the chance to compete Coupe de Couer (Calido I x Lincoln) towards the Olympics in 2012. “I’m very happy that I have been given this opportunity,” Henrik says to WoSJ.
FEI does have some requirements that have to be met in order for Henrik to be able to compete the stallion currently owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze, from Germany, at the Olympics. The FEI rules 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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