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WoSJ Exclusive; From Kentucky to Normandy | A trip down Memory Lane - part three

Tuesday, 26 August 2014

WoSJ has taken a closer look at the horses that competed at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games four years ago and what has happened to them since then. Here is the last part of our trip down Memory Lane...The year after the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky, Rolf-Göran Bengtsson's Ninja La Silla took the individual gold medal at the European Championships in Madrid and in 2013 the tiny gelding was retired and went back to Mexico to enjoy his retirement. Related articles: Retirement ceremony for Ninja La Silla in Gothenburg, WoSJ Exclusive; Thanks Ninja La Silla!, Thank you Ninja! and Ninja La Silla flying to Mexico tomorrow. All photos by Jenny Abrahamsson.

 The World Champion himself - Vigo d'Arsouilles - took part of the Olympic Games in London 2012 and shortly after the stallion was retired. Related article: WoSJ Exclusive; A tribute to Vigo d'Arsouilles! The now 17 year old Plot Blue seems to be in the form of his life. With several top results lately, he almost made it to Normandy as one of two horses on the long list belonging to Ehning. But Marcus has chosen to ride the younger Cornado NRW.  Marc Houtzager's Sterrehof's Tamino was on the silver winning team at the Olympics in London in 2012. After that the gelding was on a winning streak, but has now been out ot the big sport for over a year and just returned to jumping at home. We hope to see the 14 year old back in the ring soon.  The fantastic Sapphire was retired in 2012 and brought into breeding. Unfortunately the mare died a couple of months ago due to colic. Related articles: Sapphire back in business, Sapphire retired, WoSJ Exclusive; A tribute to Sapphire!, Sapphire with both clones and embryos, Farewell to Sapphire. Urico got a new rider in Ben Maher at the end of 2012. In May 2014 Urico unfortunately got injured during the show in La Baule, and will not return to the sport. Related articles: Urico and Cella to Ben Maher and Urico injured in La Baule. That Checkmate has reached the honorble age of 19 doesn't stop him. Just a couple of weeks ago he competed at the CSI4* show in Münster with his rider Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum. Lord de Theize is also still competing with his rider Olivier Guillon at the age of 15.  Amai was one of two horses that Michael Whitaker could chose from for this year's World Equestrian Games, but this year Michael will go for Viking. Patrice Delaveau's Katchina Mail got a new career as a full-time mum when she was retired from the sport as a 14 year old in 2012 to breed at home at Brullemail. Related articles: Katchina Mail goes from sport to breeding and Four foals for former super star Katchina Mail.  Mylord Carthago HN will not be back in the ring for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Normandy. Instead the stallion will be sold at an auction straight after the Games. Penelope Leprevost will ride Flora de Mariposa in Normandy. Related article: Mylord Carthago and Padock du Plessis to got through the ring at Deauville on Monday 8 September. Pius Schwizer's former ride Carlina was in the beginning of 2013 sold to Alexander Onishchenko who now rides the mare. She was on the long list for the Games, but will not be a part of the Ukrainian team. Related articles: Carlina to Alexander Onischenko. Talan left Robert Smith's stable in the end of 2011 and was sold to Saudi Arabia. He returns to the 2014 Games with HH Prince Faisal Al Shalan. Related article: Talan to Saudi Arabia. HH Rebozo was part of the Brazilian team at the Olympics in London. But in May 2013 Rodrigo Pessoa and Double H Farm decided to part ways and since then HH Rebozo has not been competed internationally. Related article: Double H Farm and Rodrigo Pessoa announce decision to part ways.

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