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Vivant vd Heffinck retires from the sport

Monday, 30 May 2016

Vivant vd Heffinck with Cassio Rivetti in the saddle. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.
Vivant vd Heffinck at the 2015 European Championships with Cassio Rivetti in the saddle. Photo (c) Jenny Abrahamsson.

At the age of 18, Vivant vd Heffinck (Fuego du Prelet x Landino) will be retired from the sport. The stallion has had huge success in the sport; first with Australia's Chris Chugg in the saddle, and later after he was sold to Alexander Onischenko he continued competing on top level with both Katharina Offel and Cassio Rivetti. 

With Chugg in the saddle, Vivant jumped at the 2010 World Championships in Kentucky where the pair ended 21st individually. Chugg and Vivant also went to the 2010 World Cup Finals in Geneva, where they finished 7th overall. In 2012, Vivant competed at the Olympic Games in London with Katharina Offel and later went on to the 2014 World Championships with Cassio Rivetti to end 8th individually. At last year's Europeans, Vivant was again in action but was unfortunately not allowed to compete in the individual final as he did not pass the last horse inspection. 

Vivant has contributed to several Nations Cup wins for Ukraine; in 2015 in the Al Ain Nations Cup with Rivetti in the saddle and in 2012 in Drammen and Linz as well as 2011 in Sopot with Offel in the saddle. Together with Offel, Vivant also won the 2012 Selection Trials for the Olympic Games in Aachen. 


Source: // Picture © Jenny Abrahamsson

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