Nino des Buissonnets jumps last GP in Geneva
Individual Olympic champion at the London Games in 2012 Nino des Buissonnets (right) is going to retire next month at CHI Geneva on Sunday, 11th December, after his last Grand Prix with rider Steve Guerdat. Nino won the GP of Geneva in his own country two times and for sure Guerdat will do everything to add a third and last victory on his record. “I’ve thought long and hard about it since the Rio Games and I have no doubts about my decision: Nino des Buissonnets will take his final bow at Geneva on 11th December,” shared Guerdat. “I said back in Rio that Nino wouldn’t be taking part in any more important championships, just in a few more shows. He’ll be 16 soon, and competing at that age has its risks, risks that I’d rather not take as I so much want him to finish on a high note. He deserves the right to quit at the top of his form, at the end of a great season, in the special Palexpo arena. It’s the right time and place to stop.” Nino de Buissonnets will always be remembered as the winner of the London Olympics in2012 and he also placed fourth in Rio de Janeiro. The GP’s and WC’s won by this little gelding are hard to count. He also was close to the world cup title a few times, but in the end Guerdat won the World Cup two times on different horses.
Also Paille retired
Steve Guerdat also has taken a decision about the mare Paille (left), on which he won last year’s World Cup title in Las Vegas. After their historical indoor victory, the mare got injured and never really came back on her old level. After a year and a half, Steve Guerdat has now sent the mare back to the owners to be used for breeding. From the Swiss owner Steve Guerdat currently has Abführen’s Happiness in his string.
Delaveau’s top horses Orient Express and Ornella Mail retired
Haras des Coudrettes announced that their top horses Orient Express (right) and Ornellaia Mail (left) will have their last show at the Longines Masters in Paris, in the beginning of December. Both horses will go into breeding. The fourteen year old Quick Star-son Orient Express HDC is ridden by Patrice Delaveau since 2011. Their first year together the duo won the CSIO5* GP of Gijon and the CSI4* GP of Liège. In 2013 there was de CSIO5* GP of La Baule, the Nations Cup final in Barcelona and the CSI5* GP of Helsinki. The year after they won the Grand Prix of the CHIO Rotterdam. Of course we remember this stallion as the silver medal winner of the WEG 2014. He won both individual as team silver in Caen. His last big succes was the victory in the CSI4* GP of La Coruña, in July of this year. Also Ornellaia Mail HDC is fourteen year old. Her record is at least as long as the one of her stable buddy. Delaveau rode the Lando-daughter since 2010. Ornella Mail was not winning on the highest level, but she performed very regular on medium level.
In the meantime, Aquila HDC (Ovidius) ex Aquila SFN of Wout-Jan van der Schans, and the only nine year old Leontine Ledimar Z HDC (Lovefever II) are taking over the job together with the still active GP stallions Lacrimoso HDC and Carinjo HDC of Patrice Delaveau.
Otto Becker bondscoach for four more years
The function of chef d’equipe of Otto Becker (right) and staff of the rest of the German training team is prolonged for four more years. The same board will stay on for sure until 2020. Becker is responsible for the training and guidance at championships of the national showjumping team since 2009. Also the U25-riders are supported by Otto Becker. He works together with assistent-trainer Heinrich-Hermann Engemann.
Dirk Demeersman no longer Belgian chef d’equipe
After two years and two championships, Dirk Demeersman resigns as Belgian chef d’equipe. The rider will focus on his own career again. Reason of his withdrawal are the poor results on the championships. Belgium missed qualification for the Rio Olympics last year and downgrades in the Nations Cup Series to second division. The Belgian federation is now searching for a new team leader.
Henrik Ankarcrona new Swedish team trainer
Henrik Ankarcrona takes over the reins of the Swedish team from former chef d’équipe Sylve Söderstrand who has been in charge till Rio. The 37 years old Henrik Ankarcrona, a top five star international rider, has worked for Hans Horn in The Netherlands and for Paul Schockemöhle in Germany and is currently running his own yard in Sweden. He willstart as chef d’equipe as from the 1st November 2016.
H&M All In operated due to colic
Olympic silver medallist H&M All In (left) of Peder Fredricson had to undergo surgery in Sweden to prevent from future colic. All In was able to stand throughout the procedure. The surgery was done using keyhole surgery. All went well, it took about an hour. “Hopefully we now have solved the problem, so All In won’t have problems with the stomach anymore in the future”, says Peder. Normally the recovery will take two months, so probably he will not do any shows anymore in 2016.
World Champion Think Twice 111 Z sold to Slovakia
The 7 years old world champion in Lanaken Think Twice 111 (left) (Toulon) has been sold to Slovakia’s Radovan Sillo. Belgian trainer Jan Hoste mediated in the sale of the half brother of Luciana Diniz’s Winningmood. Think Twice was owned by Albert Peffer from Starh- Horses, who has thanked his rider Thierry Goffinet and the team for the preparation of the 2016 world champion.