Danish Olympian Cathrine Dufour has sold the number one Grand Prix horse in the barn, Bohemian. The 13-year old gelding made her career as he won individual silver for her at the 2021 European Dressage Championships.
Bohemian is a Westfalian gelding by Bordeaux out of Sunshine (by Samarant x Foxiland xx x Maraschino). He is bred by Heinrich Langewellpott in Germany.
Kjaer - Dufour
The liver chestnut gelding sold as a 2-year by Schockemohle to Anita Lagoni in Denmark.
He was first trained and competed as a 4-year old by Dennis Kjaer, before Dufour took over the ride. She campaigned him in the national 5-year old classes in Denmark in 2015 and finished 8th at the 2015 Danish Young Horse Championship.
In February 2016 Bohemian was put in training with Katrine Kraglund as Cathrine focused on her Rio Olympic campaign with career starter Atterupgaards Cassidy. At that time the gelding sold the Danish company Abildgaard Equestrian, which is owned by the Zinglersen family.
Kraglund rode Bohemian on the German team at the 2016 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, where the chestnut gave a taste of his talent and complexity. In the preliminary round the naughty red-head was not very co-operative and parked himself in the corner a few times. They were last with 60.20 points. The pair redeemed itself in the consolation finals, where Bohemian had his act together and won the class with 82.40. In the finals they were 8th with 83.40%.
In September 2016 Bohemian returned to Dufour's yard in Roskilde and she rode him at the 2016 Danish Young Horse Championships. They were 14th in the preliminary round, but did not ride the consolation finals. The gelding had been quietly offered for sale at the time but a sale did not happen.
With Cathrine's Cassidy getting older, Bohemian followed in his footsteps and became the horse that gave her the most success in her career, so far.
With no time to lose, Dufour made her CDI debut on Bohemian at small tour level at the CDI Uggerhalne in June 2017. They won the Prix St Georges and were second in the Intermediaire I.
Their Grand Prix debut followed 10 months later at the CDI Aalborg in April 2018 when the horse was about to turn 8.
In 2018 Dufour qualified Cassidy for the World Equestrian Games, but had to withdraw last minute due to an injury and Bohemian was not listed as reserve. In 2019 she also opted for Cassidy for the European Championships in Rotterdam.
Bohemian's Grand Prix scored jumped from 75.609% in Uggerhalne in April 2019 to 78.413% in Aachen two months later. By October 2019 they were scoring 83.022% in the Grand Prix in Herning!
European Reserve Champion
The postponement of the Olympics due to the corona pandemic ruled Cassidy out for Danish Olympic team consideration. Bohemian had come of age although he still showed moments between genius and madness. At the 2021 CDIO Compiegne in France they scored 76.500 (3rd) in the Grand Prix and were eliminated from the Special as the horse refused to enter the arena and reared. They went to the CDI Herzlake as a confidence building show and got 80.348%.
At the 2021 Olympic Games in Tokyo, the duo placed third in the Grand Prix, but Denmark finished fourth as a team in the Grand Prix Special. Individually they were in the medal race, but just landed off the podium with a fourth place in the Kur with their Les Miserables freestyle.
Six weeks later at the 2021 European Championships in Hagen their moment of glory came as they got bronze in the Special and silver in the freestyle.
In 2022, Bohemian cracked the 90% barrier in the Kur to Music on home turf (CDI Herning - 90.005%) and three months later won the 4* tour at the CDIO Aachen. Despite these results he ended up being Cathrine's second choice for the 2022 World Championships Dressage in Herning in the summer, where she rode the younger Vamos Amigos.
After the summer Vamos Amigos moved to his owner in the U.K. and Bohemian was back in the number one spot in the barn, while Dufour has been preparing the rising 8-year old Vividus for his Grand Prix debut this year.
Their last show as a pair was in Stockholm in November where they finished seventh in the Grand Prix with 73.761% after issues in the piaffe. They withdrew from the freestyle.
Dufour and Zinglersen have agreed that the time was right to sell the 13-year old.
"Staying on top of dressage sport takes A LOT and sometimes it means that one horse has to go," Dufour stated on social media. "n very close corporation with family Zinglersen we decided that now was the right time and together we will invest in new youngsters so that we hopefully can chase more dreams and produce more one in a million horses like Bohemian
Dufour wrote that the buyer of the horse is "Sportpferde Galleria".
Korean Olympian Dong Seon Kim posted on his Instagram account that he is the new rider of the horse. Kim recently began riding Henri Ruoste's 2019 European Championship horse Rosetti as well.
Photos © Astrid Appels
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