Bailador and Vuelve Sold to Dong Seon Kim

Tue, 03/01/2022 - 13:31
Nicola Haug and Bailador in 2020 :: Photo © Petra Kerschbaum

Korean Olympian Dong Seon Kim is expanding his collection of horses, welcoming two new additions that he has put in training with top professionals in Germany. 

Investment Company

Over the past few years, Kim has been seen his horse investment company thrive with several top Grand Prix horses selling to new riders. Horses that came out of his investment company are, for instance, Bonamour (Hubertus Schmidt/Patrik Kittel now Luca Collin) and Belstaff (now with Nicola Ahorner).

At the 2021 PSI Auction in December, Kim bought the now 5-year old Forro (by Furstenball x Royal Dance) for 430,000 euro and the 4-year old Oldenburg stallion Fausto (by Furstenball x Totilas). In Holland he also acquired the now 7-year old KWPN bred Kenzo (by Glamourdale x Flemmingh), which is in training with Diederik van Silfhout.

Bailador and Vuelve

The 31-year old Dong Seon "Peter" Kim is the youngest of three sons of Kim Seung-youn, the chairman of Hanwha, one of South Korea's biggest business conglomerates. Kim studied political science of Dartmouth College in New Hampshire, USA, and has been training with Hubertus Schmidt. He represented South Korea at the 2016 and 2021 Olympic Games. 

His newest addition to his company is Gestut Birkhof and Sönke Rothenberger's 6-year old Hanoverian licensed stallion Bailador (by Benicio x Florencio x Santini). The bay stallion was fourth at the 2020 Hanoverian Young Horse Championships in Verden and 11th at the 2020 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf in the 4-year old stallion class. Bailador will be trained by Hubertus Schmidt. 

Kim's second buy is the 5-year old Oldenburg mare Vuelve (by Vitalis x Sandro Hit x Rosario), bred and previously owned by Santiago Damil. Vuelve is the Spaniard's first home bred horse. She has not yet been competed. Kim has moved her in training with Helen Langehanenberg. 

Photo © Petra Kerschbaum - private

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