At the beginning of May, Finnish Grand Prix rider Terhi Stegars had to part ways with her internationally competed Grand Prix horse Dalou Shan. The gelding was euthanized after a severe colic attack.
The chestnut gelding was transported to Equine CLinic St. Georg in Trier, Germany, but unfortunately could not be saved.
Dalou Shan was a 13-year old Oldenburg gelding by De Kooning out of Wenika (by Westerland). He was bred by Wilhelm Rode and owned by Tanja Kayser, who had discovered him as a foal.
Stegars and Dalou Shan made their international show debut at the 2011 World Young Horse Championships in Verden, Germany, where they placed 14th in the consolation finals for 6-year olds. They moved to small tour level at the 2014 CDI Hagen. One year later they moved up to the medium tour and in 2016 they transitioned to Grand Prix level at the CDI Brno, where they won the GP Special. Terhi only competed the liver chestnut gelding at one CDI in 2017 in Deauville, because her baby break kept her out of the saddle for a while.
"It has been quite hard for us the past six months," said a saddened Stegars. She and her business partner Tanja Kayser already lost their number one Grand Prix horse Axis TSF in November 2017. The 18-year old licensed stallion and multiple championship horse died from an aortic rupture.
Photo © Astrid Appels
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