Bohemian Sold to the U.S.A.

Thu, 12/21/2023 - 23:01
Cathrine Dufour and Bohemian at the 2022 CDIO Aachen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Sportpferde Galleria, the German company that sponsored Korean Olympian Dong Seon Kim, has sold their top horse in the barn, Bohemian, to the U.S.A.

Bohemian is a 13-year old Westfalian gelding by Bordeaux out of Sunshine (by Samarant x Foxiland xx x Maraschino). He is bred by Heinrich Langewellpott in Germany. 

Kraglund - Dufour

The liver chestnut gelding sold as a 2-year by Paul Schockemohle to Anita Lagoni in Denmark. He was first trained and competed as a 4-year old by Dennis Kjaer. 

Cathrine Dufour then took over 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 first Olympics with Atterupgaards Cassidy. The horse also sold the Danish company Abildgaard Equestrian, owned by Dufour's friends and business associates, the Zinglersen family. 

Kraglund rode Bohemian at the 2016 World Young Horse Championships in Ermelo, where the chestnut gave a taste of his talent and complexity. In the preliminary round they were last, then won the consolation class, and finished 8th in the finals.  

He returned to Dufour and he became the big successor for Cassidy. Dufour and Bohemian finished fourth at the 2021 Tokyo Olympics and got a double silver at the 2021 European Championships.

Dong Seon Kim

Dong Seon Kim and Bohemian in Wellington
In January 2023 Bohemian sold to the German company Sportpferde Galleria for which Korean Olympian Dong Seon Kim rides. 

The chestnut was intended as his Paris Olympic hopeful and Kim immediately began his Olympic campaign by flying the horse to Florida and competing him in their first CDI in Wellington. They were entered for the Grand Prix on 23 February, but withdrew in the warm up. The next day they showed in a national class. A week later Dufour coached Kim to his CDI debut on Bohemian in Wellington, where he scored 68.435% in the Grand Prix and 73.565% int he freestyle. The Korean rode Bohemian in two more CDI's, their Grand Prix high score being 69.978%. 

A change of heart and business plan pulled Kim back to Korea and on 17 July Sportpferde Galleria announced on Eurodressage that Bohemian is for sale. 

Patrik Kittel

With Kittel at the 2023 CDI Hagen
Bohemian was first for sale at Hubertus Schmidt's yard but Swedish Grand Prix rider Patrik Kittel, who is part of the Helgstrand horse dealing group, convinced the owner to move to horse to his barn to ride and sell. 

Kittel competed Bohemian at three CDI's: in Crozet (71.652% and 73.511%), in Hagen (72.978% and 70.553%) and in Herning (73.891% and 75.872%), winning three out of six classes.

Auction - No Auction

On 26 October 2023 Sportpferde Galleria announced an auction of the three horses they have for sale, including Bohemian, but withdrew that idea the next day. They believed an auction would propel the sale and open the market world-wide for their horses.

The auction was cancelled and Galleria posted the asking prices on Eurodressage to ensure total transparency in the sales price of their horses.  Rider Patrik Kittel took to Instagram to vent his indignation, which Galleria countered with a lengthy post on social media. The company removed the horse from Kittel's yard and brought him home to Mönchengladbach. 

Sold to the U.S.A.

2019 U.S. Intermediaire I Champions
Bohemian has now been sold to Heidi Humphries of Zen Elite equestrian centre in the U.S.A. as a future Grand Prix hopeful for Endel Ots.

The news of the sale already reached Eurodressage at the start of December, but has only been confirmed by Humphries today.

The horse is based at her stable in Southwest Ranches near Ft Lauderdale, FL, while Ots runs his own training and sales barn in Wellington, Florida.

The 38-year old Endel achieved his biggest successes on horse Lucky Strike (by Lord Laurie x His Highness) with whom he competed at the 2015 and 2016 World Young Horse Championships, won the 2016 U.S. Young Horse Championships, reserve champion at the 2017 U.S. Developing Prix St Georges Horse Championships, champion at the 2018 U.S. Developing Prix St Georges Horse Championships, champion at the 2019 U.S. Small Tour Championships, and selected on the 2019 Pan American Games team, although they did not compete in Lima, Peru.

He rode the young Grand Prix horses Agastrofos and Donatus to the reserve champion's title at the 2012 and 2014 U.S. Developing Grand Prix horse Championships. Ots is yet to make his international debut at Grand Prix level. He has been training with Canadian German Albrecht Heidemann. 

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