Star dressage mare Blue Hors Matine retired

August 21, 2009


Andreas Helgstrand and Blue Hors Matiné during their silver-medal winning Kur performance at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen.

Popular Danish dressage mare Blue Hors Matiné has been retired to stud. Matiné has not competed since before the 2007 World Cup final, where she was injured in an accident before the competition.

Attempts over the past two years to get the mare completely fit have failed. The 12-year-old injured her near foreleg while being unloaded from a van at the World Cup venue in Las Vegas in April, 2007.

The Danish Warmblood mare by Blue Hors Silver Moon was ridden by Andreas Helgstrand throughout her career. The pair won bronze in the grand prix special at the World Equestrian Games at Aachen in 2006, and an internet video of Matiné at the games (below) has been viewed more than 9 million times.

Dressage enthusiasts were disappointed that the mare did not get a chance to compete at the Olympic Games the year after she was injured.

Matiné will become a broodmare at the Blue Hors Stud, in Randbøl, Denmark. Stud manager Esben Møller told Dressage Daily that she had already settled in well to herd life at the stud. She was to be bred naturally in the coming season, Møller said.