De Long, Pony Schoolmaster for Laura Martin

Fri, 10/01/2021 - 19:16
Marlene Marie Binder and De Long at the 2021 CDIO-P Hagen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Former German FEI team pony De Long has found a new rider in Laura Martin, who is coached by Semmieke Rothenberger. 

De Long is a 15-year old Brandenburger bred pony stallion by HB Daylight out of D-S Roxy Brice (by Brillant x Royal Prince). He is bred by Susanne Olnhoff. 

He was licensed as a stallion at the licensing in Radegast in January 2009 and did his 30-day performance test in Neustadt/Dosse in November 2010, scoring 8.26 points and finishing 5th out of 20 participating stallions. 

Team Pony

De Long was first owned by Sabine Olnhoff and Anja Nehls. Under Lea Luise Nehls he finished fourth at the 2011 Bundeschampionate in the 5-year old pony class and won gold as a 6-year old at the 2012 Bundeschampionate. 

He made his international show debut at the 2013 CDI Stadl Paura.  Nehls and De Long were 8th at the 2014 German Pony Championships and represented Germany at the 2014 European Pony Championships in Millstreet, Ireland, where the duo won team gold, finished 6th in the individual test and 5th in the Kur to Music.

Merkt Family

Lea Nehls and De Long at the 2014 Europeans
In 2015 De Long sold to the Merkt family as a ride for son Philipp.

The new duo made had its CDI show debut in June 2016 in Hagen and also competed in 2017 in Nieuw en St. Joosland and Saumur. 

In 2019 younger sister Lena took over the ride, but only showed nationally 

In 2020 Marlene Marie Binder campaigned De Long for the Merkt family and finished ninth at the 2020 German Pony Championships. They made their international debut a year later, showing at the CDI's in Compiegne and Hagen. They were one of four reserves for the German team for the 2021 European Pony Championships. They also finished sixth at this year's German Pony Championships.


Philipp Merkt and De Long in 2016
The experienced 15-year old pony will now move on as a schoolmaster for Semmieke Rothenberger's student Laura Martin. 

Martin has been showing the bay New Forest pony gelding Jack (by Diogenes Key x Anydale Nico) at national L-level this year. 

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