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Henrik von Eckermann announces retirement of Toveks Mary Lou

Monday, 07 June 2021

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping Henrik von Eckermann and Toveks Mary Lou. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

Sweden's Henrik von Eckermann has announced the retirement of his top horse Toveks Mary Lou (Montendro x Portland L). On his official Instagram account, von Eckermann writes: "Of course I knew the day would come but not this soon! Toveks Mary Lou got an injury at Geneva December 2019. She had a long break after that and everything was looking very promising but one day before she was supposed to go back to her first show she was again not okay. To be realistic she would need another year before we could think of going back to the sport, so the owners family Tovek and I have taken the decision to retire her from the sport. I don’t think I have to explain how much this mare has been giving me in life and what she means to me. I don’t want to see this as an end, it’s just a chapter that’s closing and I’m looking forward to see her next one as hopefully a great mother."

With von Eckermann in the saddle, the now 15-year-old mare won team silver at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon in 2018 as well as at the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2017. The pair also represented Sweden at the European Championships in Rotterdam in 2019, and at three World Cup Finals – finishing third in Omaha in 2017 and in Paris in 2018. The two were also on the winning Swedish team in the Nations Cups in Aachen and Rome in 2019. They won the Rolex Grand Prix at Windsor and the Rolex Grand Prix in Den Bosch in 2019 as well as the Longines FEI World Cup in Amsterdam that same year. In 2018 and 2017, they won the World Cup on home soil in Gothenburg. On top comes numerous podium-finishes in some of the world's most prestigious Grand Prix classes. 

At World of Showjumping, we wish Mary Lou a happy retirement!

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