Renate Voglsang's WEG Grand Prix team horse Fabriano has been sold to Japan. At the end of 2014, the contract between Voglsang and Fabriano's owner Michael Schönleitner ended and the stallion came on the market.
The 16-year old Westfalian licensed stallion Fabriano (by Florestan I x Angelo xx x Fitger) is bred and was owned by Michael Schönleitner. Under the German based Austrian rider Renate Voglsang, the chunky bay stallion was a steady member of the Austrian dressage team from 2011 till 2014. He represented Austria at the 2011 and 2013 European Dressage Championships, competed at the 2012 Olympic Games and at the 2014 World Equestrian Games.
Fabriano has now been sold as a schoolmaster for Masanao Takahashi. Takahashi runs his own dressage yard in Tokyo and sponsor Kenichi Hayashi agreed to secure the stallion as Takahashi's 2016 Olmpic Games' hopeful.
The 33-year old Takahashi finished fifth at the 2006 Asian Games in Doha, Qatar, on the Holsteiner bred Cleveland (by Calypso x Mamor). In 2008 he competed the Australian bred Neversfelde Feuer at Grand Prix level in Germany. In 2013 he rode small tour level aboard the now 14-year old KWPN bred Metallic (by Metall x Balzflug).
Takahashi will be trained by Jonny Hilberrath, to whom's stable the stallion relocated last week in preparation for the Olympic Games. The new duo has planned to make its competition debut at the 2015 CDI 3* in Stadl Paura, Austria.
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