Cathrine Dufour has sold her own Grand Prix level trained horse Wildcard to a German junior rider. The chestnut will continue its sport career under 16-year old Mai Stößel.
Wildcard is a 10-year old Hanoverian gelding by Wynton x Weltmeyer x Donnerhall.
The chestnut gelding was discovered as a foal by Mia Lee of Stald Magic and initially trained by Lee and Anna Blomgren.
He arrived in Dufour's barn in the autumn of 2018 as a five year old.
Cathrine called him at the time, "my new little ‘mini Cassidy’ and asked her social media following to help her with giving him a name. He was nicknamed "Lillebror" by Lee at the time, but Wildcard became his official name.
Even though Wildcard has been owned by Dufour for almost five years, she only showed him twice at national level.
In 2021, Cathrine was quoted telling Ridehesten, "he is a passionate gentleman, but the pieces have suddenly begun to fall into place for him. It's the type of horse that I love, because even though it can be a bit difficult for them when they're young, they just have so much to give when they get older."
The pair finally made its competition debut in November 2021, winning an Intermediaire I level test with 75.921% at the Helsinge riding club. Four months later in March 2022 she rode him in his first Intermediaire II, posting a winning 72.895% at the CDN Vallensbaek.
Wildcard has now been sold to the Stößel family for Mai to ride.
Stößel began her show career at FEI pony level with Crown Wishing Well (by FS Don't Worry x Campari) and Vanilla (by Voyager x Dressboy). In 2022 she has been showing in the Children division and at national L-level with the Hanoverian mare Ester (by Embassy x Contendro).
"My goals for this year are to participate in the Preis der Besten, the Hessian junior championships, to qualify myself for the German junior championships," Mai told Eurodressage. "But since Wildcard has only been with me for a week, we will take our time to grow together as one."
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