Carl-Lennart Korsch's Dias Desperados ST Retired from Sport

Thu, 04/28/2022 - 10:10
Carl-Lennart Korsch and Dias Desperados ST at the 2017 European Junior Riders Championships :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Swiss Under 25 rider Carl-Lennart Korsch has retired his junior-young riders horse, Dias Desperados ST, from sport. 

Dias Desperados ST is a 15-year old Baden Wurttemberger by Desperados out of Diamalta (by Land Earl). He is bred by Vera and Richard Stolz. 

The big dark bay gelding began his competition career in Germany as a 5-year old in 2012 under Jasmin Schaudt. She competed him at local shows in the A and L-level tests. 

At the end of 2012, Dias Desperados ST sold to Switzerland to Oscar Schwenk and was ridden by Susanne Eggli.

Youth Team Horse for Korsch

Nicknamed Drogba, the horse became the junior rider's mount of Swiss Carl-Lennart Korsch who moved from ponies to horses with him in 2016. They placed ninth at the 2016 Swiss Junior Championships

The new pair made its CDI debut in Saumur in 2017 and competed in Compiegne, Prangins and Hagen to be selected on the Swiss team for the 2017 European Junior Riders Championships in Roosendaal, where they were 47th in the individual test (66.947%). They were fourth at the 2017 Swiss Junior Riders Championships.

They continued at junior level for one more year in 2018 and rode at CDI's in Wiener Neustadt, Aachen, Mariakalnok, Hagen, Le Mans and Aachen indoor but for the 2018 Euros Korsch opted for his second horse, Flori Favoloso. At the 2018 Swiss Junior Rider Championships, Korsch and Dias Desperados ST won silver.

Carl and Dias Desperados at the 2019 European
Young Riders Championships
In 2019 they moved to Young riders level and got back on the team for the European YR Championships in San Giovanni in Marignano, where they placed 52nd in the individual test (65.441%). 

In 2020 the pair did not compete internationally, but returned to the arena in the spring of 2021 for their final two CDI's: Ornago and Compiegne. 


Susanne Eggli announced that Dias Desperados ST has been retired from sport and sent to Germany, where he will enjoy a pensioner's life in the field. 

"He'll go into retirement to the field with nice colleagues at Britta and Bernhard Sieverding's in Twistringen (GER)," said Eggli. "Drogba definitely deserved this. Carl-Lennart Korsch learnt everything on him. His entire junior-young rider's time, up to a start at Grand Prix. While Drogba knows all the GP movements, he is not a GP horse and shouldn't have to be. We spent 11 years together. Now he's 15, healthy, fresh and frolicky. I'm happy for him. The only way he loves to go fast is the way to the field." 

Photos © Astrid Appels

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