Dutch dressage rider Danielle Heijkoop has decided to retire her 18-year-old Siro. She had already announced that 2017 might be the horse’s last season — and the CHIO Rotterdam last weekend was their last public performance. Siro was placed second in the I-Freestyle.
“Siro always gave everything,” so the rider said, “always more than even 200 percent. He has never been the nicest horse and you needed a user manual to handle him, but he never abandoned me. I own all my successes to him.”
Heijkoop and Siro spend 14 years together, Siro came to Heijkoop’s stable when he was only four years old. First the rider did not feel enthusiastic about him, but when they had made it to the Grand Prix the KWPN gelding showed his full potential. For many years they performed extremely well and in the end they were part of the silver-winning team at the 2013 EC in Herning. One year later they were placed sixth in the World Cup Final. Unfortunately some injuries prevented them from competing at further championships. In the meantime they still performed at some events but now Siro can enjoy his retirement in the pastures.