German Grand Prix rider Victoria Michalke has sold her Grand Prix horse Wasabi to Blue Hors stud in Denmark last December. Wasabi made his show debut under stable jockey Allan Gron at the 2017 CDN Esbjerg this weekend.
Wasabi is a 12-year old Oldenburg bred gelding by Welt Hit IV out of Desiree VIII (by Lancer I x Waldenser xx x Ramzes AA). He is bred by Hans Radloff.
"For Allan we looked for quite some time for a Grand Prix horse for him to get experience on that level," Blue Hors stud manager Esben Moller told Eurodressage. "We have so many talented horses for GP at the moment and we need Allan to get experience at that level now for his next horses to come! We got Wasabi four weeks ago and I must say its a super well trained horse with a super character. Victoria and her team has done a super job with him and Allan is turning out for the first time today."
The bay gelding made his start as a competition horse in 2009 under Jeannette Meyn. He performed in the riding horse and A-level dressage horses classes with Meyn. By December 2009 Michalke began competing the horse at A and L level. The pair represented Germanty at the 2010 World Young horse Championships in Verden, where they finished 8th in the consolation finals. In 2011 they competed at the Bundeschampionate and were 13th in the consolation finals.
In 2012 the duo made its small tour debut and placed 6th in the 2012 Nurnberger Burgpokal Finals. One year later they tackled the national Grand Prix level tests and at the same time also made their international debut at small tour level. They did 2 CDi's in 2013: Hagen and Aachen. They returned to the international ring at the 2015 CDI Vidauban at Grand Prix level and contested Hagen, Fritzens, Verden, Donaueschingen, Dortmund, Neumunster and Munich between 2015 and 2016. The pair's last show was a local event at Gut Aichet in October 2016 where they finished 5th in the Intermediaire II.
" I achieved great success with him since he was four years old up to international Grand Prix," Michalke told Eurodressage. "I started my own business now and I want to concentrate on riding clients' horses and selling horses. Wasabi has a super age now and I wish his new rider great success."
Wasabi moved north to Denmark in December, where Allan Gron of Blue Hors stud will manage the competitive career of the Oldenburg gelding.
Blue Hors is Denmark's largest stallion station. When asked why they acquired a gelding instead of a stallion or mare which seems more logical for the Blue Hors programme, Esben replied, "we always try to buy interesting horses no matter if they are a stallion, mare or gelding! Either for sport or to sell them again when they are trained."
Gron and Wasabi scored 66.167% in the Grand Prix and 68.627% in the Special at the 2017 CDN Esbjerg on 21 - 22 January 2017.
Photos © Astrid Appels
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