Tough Luck for Madeleine Witte-Vrees

Tue, 07/08/2014 - 09:20
Dutch Dressage News

Dutch Grand Prix rider Madeleine Witte-Vrees recently had to deal with triple tough luck. Not only did her Grand Prix horse get injured, but she also had to euthanize her dog and on the same day she fractured her little finger.

Witte-Vrees' black licensed Dutch warmblood Grand Prix stallion Wynton (by Jazz x Matador) sustained an injury at the end of May and has been just walking for a few weeks. "Wynton thought he was going to the breeding room instead of where I tack him up," Madeleine told "He hurt himself rearing and had to walk for a few weeks. Now I'm riding him again. This month he needs to get back into shape, the movements he still knows."

Last week Friday Madeleine also lost her 9-year old dog Max. That same day her small finger got caught in the car seat for her child. The finger got dislocated and had to be straightened in the hospital. It will take four weeks to recover.

Witte-Vrees is supposed to get back in the saddle next week, but will give the ride on Franklin (by Ampere) for the Pavo to co-owner Andreas Helgstrand's assistant trainer Emma Ahlberg.

Madeleine had planned on making her Grand Prix debut on Stephanie Peters' former GP horse Unlimited (by Jazz) on Saturday 5 July at the national show in Uden, The Netherlands

Source: - Photo © Astrid Appels

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