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Janika Sprunger’s Bacardi VDL sold to Stal Tops

Tuesday, 19 February 2019

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson Bacardi VDL with Janika Sprunger in the saddle. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

Janika Sprunger’s Bacardi VDL (Corland x Kannan) has been sold to Stal Tops, and left the Swiss rider yesterday for his new home in the Netherlands. 

Recently, Sprunger and the 13-year-old stallion won the CSI5* World Cup in Dubai as well as ending third in the CSI5* World Cup in Sharjah. Last year, the two were double clear in the CSIO5* Nations Cups in Rotterdam and Rome – and they were also part of the Swiss team at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon. 

“Bacardi is an exceptionally talented horse, and I am very grateful to have had the chance to ride him,” Sprunger comments to World of Showjumping. “At this moment, it is of course a big loss for me because I only had Bacardi for the top sport. On the other hand, to only have one horse for the bigger classes and championships with no others as back-up is very difficult – and as the rest of my horses are not ready at that level this was a factor in the owner’s decision to sell.”

“For sure I am sad to lose a horse like him, but building up young horses for the big sport is also a part of my job. The plan is to re-invest in new horses with Bacardi’s owner. We have done this successfully quite a few times, and I already have a new 9-year-old called King Edward that he has bought for me to ride. It looks like a very promising horse,” Sprunger says. “Hopefully, I can have a string of horses ready in a year’s time that makes it possible for me to catch up with the big sport again.”

“For the moment the plan is that Edwina (Tops-Alexander) will ride Bacardi, and I hope that will stay the case,” Sprunger closes off. 


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