Three of the world’s top level dressage horses have been retired from the sport in recent weeks.
Isabell Werth has announced the retirement of her 16-year old Hanoverian gelding Warum Nicht FRH, who fractured his pelvis in June 2012 and has not been able to recover enough for a comeback.
The injury was sustained while in his stable, and it was revealed a bone in his hip was fractured.
Warum Nicht FRH (Weltmeyer x Wenzel x Mon Cherie) was bred by Hinrich Lüssen and owned by Madeleine Winter-Schulze.
Warum Nicht – known as Hannes at home, after his former rider Hannes Baumgart – was a big winner for Werth during his career with her, from 2003.
• Imke Schellekens’ 18-year-old Hanoverian mare Sunrise (Singular Joter x Werther) is to be retired to stud. Sunrise, who is owned by the Smarius family, was injured in 2010 and took many months to recover, missing the 2011 season. Her last public appearance was at a training seminar at the Bartels Academy earlier this month.
Sunrise will be put in foal, along with her 13-year-old daughter, and both will remain at the Schellekens-Bartels barn.
Sunrise was runner-up to Warum Nicht in the 2007 World Cup dressage finals.
• Canadian rider Jacqueline Brooks farewelled her long-time partner Gran Gesto at a retirement ceremony at Toronto’s Royal Horse Show this week.
Gran Gesto and Brooks were on Canadian teams from the 2003 Pan American Games through to the Olympic Team in 2008.