Mette Rosencrantz' Marron Retired from Sport

Fri, 03/29/2019 - 07:44
Mette Rosencrantz and Marron at the 2016 CDI Wellington :: Photo © Astrid Appels

American Grand Prix rider Mette Rosencrantz has decided to retire her number one Grand Prix horse Marron from competition sport. 

Marron is a 19-year old Danish warmblood gelding bred by Ole Pedersen in Denmark. He is by Michellino out of Manoela (by Woernitz).

The sensitive bay gelding was discovered and first trained and competed by Lone Bang Larsen.  Lotte Wiuff Straarup briefly took over in 2006 for a few months, but Bang Larsen soon returned in his saddle and rode him at the 2007 CDI Falsterbo in the national 7-year old class.

In 2011 Andreas Helgstrand campaigned the gelding for one season at CDI Grand Prix level with starts in Hagen, Copenhagen, Hamburg and Aachen. The pair was in the running for Danish European Championship team selection but in Aachen the gelding was spooky and made a notorious rein back in piaffe in the test. They left the arena with 57.936% on the board and were not selected.

Marron then moved to Sweden and became the mount of Helena Lindmark, who competed him at Grand Prix level in 2012. 

Marron disappeared from the show scene for two years to return in 2015 in the U.S.A., now owned by Mette Rosencrantz. The pair competed at numerous CDI's all over the country: Thousand Oaks, San Juan Capistrano, Del Mark, Wellington, Burbank, and Rancho Murietta. In 2017 they travelled to Europe and showed at the CDIO Uggerhalne and Falsterbo on Team U.S.A. In 2018 they did three more CDI's: Temecula, Del Mar and their last CDI in their career: the CDI Rancho Murietta in April a year ago.

Mette and Marron
Rosencrantz has now retired Marron from sport. 

"I have decided to retire my healthy, happy, sound, best Marron," said Mette. "He gave me so much, and even if he broke my heart sometimes during this journey, it was a fun one!! He is 19 this year. Been there done that, and he have had a busy life in the fast lane!"

Marron will continue to work lightly as a schoolmaster as well as enhoy the field. 

"My thanks to him, is to let him enjoy life with his new rider," said Mette. "No more shows, just to let someone learn from him, enjoy him, and he has found the best place!
I have spent 24/7 with Marron, so to see him go was extremely hard! I did it for him, he deserved it. He had paid his dues. I’m so happy that he is having the best time, but I sure miss him."

Photos © Astrid Appels

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