The 14-year old KWPN licensed stallion Wynton has finally made his come back to the Grand Prix dressage ring after an almost four year break from competition due to niggling injuries. Madeleine Witte-Vrees and Wynton competed at the 2017 CDN Nieuw en St. Joosland on 22 January 2017 and scored 72.83% to finish fourth in the Grand Prix.
"I was super happy with Wynton," Witte-Vrees told Eurodressage. "I still had a few mistakes, but I'm more than content."
Madeleine Witte-Vrees and the black Dutch warmblood stallion Wynton (by Jazz x Matador) made their international Grand Prix debut at the 2012 CDI Oldenburg, where they scored 71.383% in the Grand Prix. In 2013 the duo contested the CDI's in Dortmund, 's Hertogenbosch, Arheim and Rotterdam. The CDIO Rotterdam was their last show in June 2013, where they got 68.404% in the Grand Prix.
The sympathetic black stallion got injured in the summer, recovered and then re-injured himself in the summer of 2014. Since then the horse struggling with niggling injuries which prevented him from coming back to show shape.
"He went to a show one more time in that period," said Madeleine. When asked how she able to bring Wynton back to full health, she replied. "we indeed had to have a lot of patience. He went from one issue into the other. But now he had been good for a longer time so I decided to take him back to a show. I wanted to have him ready at home for a 70+ score."
The Grand Prix at the 2017 CDN Nieuw en St. Joosland was won by Jeannette Haazen on Dabanos d'O5 with 74.53%, followed by Tommie Visser on Vingino (74.17%) and Patrick van der Meer on Zippo (73.87%).
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