Danish Olympian Anna Kasprzak has had a slow start with her newest Grand Prix horse, Addict de Massa, following complications from a castration, but the Portuguese sport horse bred gelding is now back on track and ready for a new chapter with his Danish rider.
Addict de Massa is a 9-year old Portuguese sport horse gelding (by San Amour x Maestro)
Bred in France by Sylvain Massa, the Lusitano cross bred was first competed by Arnaud Serre. The pair represented France at the 2016 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, where they finished 18th in the consolation finals for 6 year olds.
Massa sold Addict to Danish horse dealer Andres Helgstrand in January 2019. Initially Andreas announced that he would make his big CDI Grand Prix come back on the stallion and in March 2019, he competed Addict once at a national show in Vejle, Denmark, and placed fifth in the Intermediaire II with 68,333%.
In May 2019 Kasprzak announced that she has purchased Addict de Massa as a second rising Grand Prix horse in her barn, alongside Rock Star. She made her international show debut at the 2019 CDI Aarhus in June and placed 9th in the Grand Pri with 66.978% and first in the Special with 69.617%.
Since then, Addict disappeared from the scene. In July the stallion was castrated but he developed complications which have sidelined him until now.
"He has really struggled with inflammation and abcesses since then," Kasprzak explained. "He had to get an operation again a month ago. Luckily he is always such a happy and good boy, even though he has been through a lot of pain. Now we have finally started up training again."
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