Marcela Krinke-Susmelj's former international Grand Prix horse Corinth has passed away. He was 27 years old and put to sleep because of old age.
Corinth was a 1996 born Oldenburg gelding by Cheenook out of Finesia (by Fumiro x Imperial x More Magic xx). He was bred by Hans-Peter and Silvia Brockschmidt.
Ulrike Stahlecker-Stadelmayer developed Corinth from young horse level to Grand Prix.
The pair made its competition debut in Germany in 2002 in an M-level dressage test in Königsbronn-Zang. By 2003 they moved to S-level and in the spring of 2004 the pair rode its first national level Grand Prix test.
Ulrike continued to compete Corinth at national Grand Prix level through the summer of 2004, mainly at regional shows.
Corinth sold to Switzerland in 2005 and was partnered with Marcela Krinke-Susmelj, a a trained veterinarian surgeon who decided on a career in the saddle. Together with her husband Ivan, Marcela has a livery yard in Ebikon, Switzerland.
Marcela's international dressage career was launched aboard Inge Schmezer’s Wienerin (by Wenzel) and Laura Conz's Grand Prix horse Fibrin, but Corinth was the one who truly kicked off Marcela's career and took her to her first intercontinental championships.
Owned by Marcela's long-time sponsor Irine Meyer, Corinth made his show debut in Germany in Illertissen in December 2005, while their first international show was the CDI Stadl Paura in April 2006, followed by Hagen, Aachen, Berne, and the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, where they were 33rd in the Grand Prix with 66.458%.
Corinth went on to represent Switzerland at the 2009 European Championships in Windsor (22th in the GPS with 67.583%) and the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington (11th in the Kur Finals with 75.300%). They were 8th at the 2009 World Cup Finals in Frankfurt with 73.050%
At the Swiss Dressage Championships they took bronze in 2006 and 2007, silver in 2008, gold in 2009 and 2010 and silver in 2011.
Corinth's last international competition was the 2011 CDIO Aachen. The horse moved to Germany to Oliver Oelrich’s yard and was briefly competed by Ann Christin Wienkamp at the 2012 Westfalian Regional Championships before he was retired from sport in the autumn that year at age 16.
Marcela's career continued to take flight with Atterupgaards/Smeyers Molberg, Lazander, Sopran, Sonny Star and Carissimo. Her competition career ended in 2018 due to health reasons.
Corinth spent his retirement with a herd in a field in Luhmühlen, Germany, where Irine Meyer keeps all her pensioners.
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