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Van Gogh retires from the sport

Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson. Marco Kutscher with Van Gogh. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

With a victory in one of his last international competitions, the final of the Middle Tour during CSI4* Poznan last December, the extremely successful stallion Van Gogh retires from the sport. The outstanding Numero Uno-son has achieved great results with Marco Kutscher and will from now on focus on breeding at De Wiemselbach.

Under Caroline Müller and subsequently Marco Kutscher, the 2002-born Numero Uno son has achieved countless successes. He belonged to the world top for years, as winner of prominent classes like the LGCT Grand Prix of Valkenswaard, the Longines Masters Grand Prix of Los Angeles and the Longines Masters Grand Prix of Hong Kong. In total, the stallion bred by Peter and Renate Stultiëns has won over one million Euro in prize money. “We look back on a long and successful career of Van Gogh, and a very pleasant collaboration with Marco Kutscher. We could celebrate many highlights and victories and he proved his value for the German Team. Once again, we would like to express our gratitude to those who have been the foundation of the success of Van Gogh. First of all Caroline Müller who took care of the entire training and schooling up to the 1.60m level. In addition, the team of Stall Kutscher-Bitter including Van Gogh’s groom Annamari Lahtinen and of course top rider Marco Kutscher,” says Daan Horn on behalf of the Horn family. 

Van Gogh will officially end his sporting career during the stallion presentation of De Wiemselbach on the 7th of April 2019. “At our stallion presentation we will once again look back on the many sporting successes of the past years. As a breeding stallion Van Gogh is also making a lot of progress and he has a bright future ahead of him as a sire,” Horn says. 

Many offspring are competing in international classes, such as Dena-Sienne, Ceylon, Vincent 163, Vallejo, Fabio and Giro de la Luna. Van Gogh has produced several approved sons already including the KWPN approved Innovation (ds.Contendro I). The KWPN studbook has awarded Van Gogh with the keur predicate in 2016 for this contribution in breeding and from now on he will be available with both fresh and frozen semen at De Wiemselbach.


Source: Press release from De Wiemselbach

Photo © World of Showjumping by Jenny Abrahamsson

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