Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Lose

Quiet Easy to son of Geir Gulliksen
Johan Gulliksen will be the new rider of the 13-year old Oldenburger gelding Quiet Easy 4 by Quidam’s Rubin (Quidam de Revel), previously ridden by Bertram Allen and owned by Quainton Stud. Quiet Easy is a horse with a lot of quality for the bigger classes, with a huge talent for speed classes. He was produced slowly by Jessica Botham who took him from a five-year-old to his first Grand Prix. Later the gelding has been shown by Ben Maher (GBR), Chloe Aston (GBR) and Angelica Augustsson(SWE), until he since 2015 has been ridden by Bertram Allen ( IRE), who recently achieved  a 5* win with him in the 1m55 Audi Prize at ‘s-Hertogenbosch and another 5* win in the 1.45m in GCT Mexico City. Quiet Easy was the horse on which Allen won the London GP in 2015, but was eliminated afterwards due to some blood signs on the horse. Johan will be competing with Quiet Easy during the  3* Drammen Spring Tour in Norway this weekend. Quiet Easy is acquired by the Norwegian Gjelsten Family, sponsors of Johan Gulliksen.

ET Auction: 43.000 euro for Kornet’s Boy
The first Young Horse Edition of ET Auction was an unbelievable success. The wonderful grey stallion Kornet’s Boy (Cornet Obolensky x Quickstar) was sold to an American client for 43.000 euro. The sensational jumper and sBs approved stallion Of Passion Van Den Dael (For Passion d’Ive Z) goes to a Belgian rider for the sum of 30.000 euro. Also Fletcher ter Wilgen Z (For Pleasure), Phantastique vh Landouwehof (Cornet Obolensky) and Popeye de Tamise (Vigo d’Arsouilles) crossed the 20.000 euro border. Fletcher and Phantastique will go to Switzerland. Popeye found a new owner in Germany. The next ET Auction will be a Mixed Edition with embryos and young horses during the Belgian Championships for young horses in Gesves in August. It will also be running online.

Horse through the VIP lounge during auction
In Lier, Belgium, a new auction was organized by Tal Milstein, Ilan Ferder, Gilbert De Roock, Mr. Pfyffer and Eric Grenier. After the top price of 450.000 euro was paid for the five-year-old mare Mabel vd Kwakenbeek (Emerald), the mare panicked and escaped in the backstage. From the backstage she jumped through the curtains in the middle of the VIP stands. She destroyed several tables before she could be caught again. Several people were nursed in the hospital. The man who held the mare was injured most seriously and had to undergo a leg surgery. The auction continued after all damage was cleared, but the horses weren’t brought into the arena anymore. Before the start of the auction, all people interested had the chance to watch them during the final presentation under the saddle. Carlos Lopez bought the mare Mabel, who was also injured a little bit during the accident. Also Aleksandr Onyshchenko, who started competing again after a difficult period, bought a horse again at this auction. The French Ecurie de Montchevreuil has invested in the 7 years old mare Elize (Bamako de Muze) for their rider Aymeric de Poinnat. Despite the terrible accident, the new auction was very succesful with amazing amounts paid for the ten horses. In 2018 a second edition will be organized.

Winningmood offspring to Luciana Diniz

Luciana Diniz and Lennox
Luciana Diniz and Lennox

Portugal’s Luciana Diniz has a new ride in the 9-year-old Isabeau Van Dorperheide, a very special horse to Luciana as it is a daughter of her beloved grey stallion Winningmood. Isabeau Van Dorperheide was bred by Ludo Philippaerts and started her career in Belgium under Louise Laer and Viktor Daem’s saddle. Lately she was competing in France ridden by Timothée Anciaume.

Yuri Mansur new rider of Unita Ask

Yuri Mansur and Babylotte
Yuri Mansur and Babylotte

Brazil’s Yuri Mansur is the new rider of Rolf-Göran Bengsston’s Olympic ride Unita Ask (Corrado). Following Bengsston and Stutteri Ask were parting ways earlier this year, the 13 years old mare has now found a new rider on her back. The pair made a successfull debut at CSI2* Easter Tour in Opglabbeek, jumping a clear round in a 1.35m class.

Wim Schröder new trainer for Japan
The Netherland’s Wim Schroder has been named coach of team Japan and will work side by side with Paul Schockemöhle to take the team to their best level. Due to the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020, the country has started on a new budget to help their riders to perform at the highest level. Wim Schroder will also continue to work at BWG Stables that he runs with his brothers Gerco and Ben.

Zirocco Blue VDL retired
Not only the retirement of Olympic Champion Big Star was announced last month. VDL Stud also announced on the social net that their top stallion Zirocco Blue VDL (Mr Blue x Voltaire) will be retired from the sport. Aged 13, his last competition was the Olympic Games in Rio, where he had a deceiving show being eliminated twice. Before under Jur Vrieling’s saddle, Zirocco Blue VDL had won the Team gold medal at the European Championships in Aachen in 2015, The same year, the grey stallion was on the winning team at CSIO5* Rotterdam and Rome’s nations cup, He also took a home win in the 5* Grand Prix of Rotterdam and won the world cup qualifier in Oslo.
Zirocco Blue VDL will now focus on his breeding duties at VDL Stud in Bears, The Netherlands. Several descendants are already jumping 1.60m level.

Lamaze winning on new mount
After recently welcoming Jewel 8 into his group of horses, Canada’s Eric Lamaze has also acquired Thalis de la Roque (Kannan). The pair first competed together at the Winter Equestrian Festival de Wellington, where they successfully participated in two 1.45 m classes. In Lummen last week the new pair won a 1.40m class. This 10-year-old mare, daughter of Kannan and grand-daughter of Quand Viens Tu, was previously ridden by Great Britain’s Emily Moffit and Ben Maher, jumping obstacles as high as 1.50 m.

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