Right before his departure to the 2018 World Equestrian Games, German Grand Prix team rider Sönke Rothenberger bought the 2018 Bundeschampionate finalist Züm Glück.
Two horses named Zum Glück competed at the Bundeschampionate in Warendorf last weekend. To avoid confusion in Rothenberger's case it's not the 5-year old Zum Glück (by Zonik x Florestan) that sold to RS2 Dressage in The Netherlands last December as PSI Auction price highlight, but it concerns the 4-year old DSP bred Zum Glück (by Zalando x Golden Game).
Bred by Birgit Strobl and owned by Bettina Petrei, the dark bay gelding Zum Glück finished fourth in the 4-year old riding horse mares and geldings class under Nicola Haug. The gelding scored 9 for his excellent trot and canter, but 5 for walk as he was tense. Zum Glück also caused quite an incident during the finals as the spooky horse refused to let himself get mounted by test rider Philip Hess. He reared and took off twice, which resulted in a 4 for his training score.
The Rothenberger family has purchased Zum Glück as a future hope for son Sönke.
"It is correct that we bought Zum Glück," Sönke told Eurodressage. "I bought him together with my parents. Right before the Bundeschampionate we tried him out and bought him."
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