Honey D'Or, Tom Verhoeven's internationally competed young riders' horse, has been sold to Great Britain. British pony team rider Sofia Games has acquired the mare.
Honey d'Or is a 10-year old KWPN mare by Chippendale out of Seclusive (by Sandro Hit x Simply). She is bred by Berry van der Hoorn.
The bay mare first started as a broodmare, achieving KWPN elite status as a 3-year old in 2015. She scored 81.5 points in her mare performance test in Rucphen.
She was lightly trained and competed, while she served as a broodmare with five foals on the ground: the NRPS licensed stallion Pinot Noir "Nino" d'or (by Painted Black), Next d'or (by Painted Black), Oreo d'Or (by Joop TC), Playboy d'Or (by Lewis), and the 2021 born Reina D'Or (by Mansion).
In 2021 Honey d'Or made her national small tour debut under Kim Noordijk.
Little over a year ago she sold to Hennie Gijsbers of Next Level Stables and Honey d'Or moved on to a new rider, Tom Verhoeven, who made his international show debut at young riders' level in May 2022.
The pair competed at CDI's in Troisdorf, Exloo and Neu-Anspach. At the latter show in Germany they won the team and individual test with 70.245% and 71.912%. They were sixth at the 2022 Dutch Young Riders Championships and were named reserves for the Dutch team at the 2022 European Young Riders Championships in Hartpury.
Sold to the U.K.
The mare has now been acquired by British pony team rider Sofia Games as her junior rider’s horse.
The 14-year old Games is trained by Nicola Lickley and represented Team GBR on Next Black Magic at the 2022 European Pony Championships in Strzegom (POL), where they were 15th in the Kur to Music finals.
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