The retired Dutch Grand Prix horse and 2003 European Young Rider Champion Hexagons Kyrain passed away peacefully in his sleep on Thursday night 27 March 2016. The bay Dutch warmblood gelding was 24 years old.
Hexagons Kyrain was bred by Leunis van Lieren and was by Cyrain out of Valente (by Lorenz x First Trial xx). The bay gelding was Van Lieren's first breeding product to reach Grand Prix level.
Under Thamar Zweistra, Kyrain was a fixture on the Dutch youth riders' team. In 2000 they competed at the European Junior Riders Championships and in 2002 they competed at the European Young Riders Championships in Rome. In 2003 they became the Dutch and European Young Riders Championships. They went on to compete at international Grand Prix level as of 2003.
Kyrain went to become a schoolmaster and competition horse for Dutch junior Jeanine Nieuwenhuis in 2010 and 2011.
"He continued to frolick about and joke with numerous students at Stable Hexagon at old age," Van Lieren stated. "We owe much to him."
Photo © Astrid Appels
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