The Swiss show jumpers have a new addition but they also have to mourn a horses’ leaving. Flaminia Straumann’s father has bought a new top horse, 11-year-old mare Fine Fleur du Marais. Cassio Rivetti (UKR) competed the mare at the Olympic Games in Rio. According to equnews.com Flaminia will not take over the horses ride, but instead 62-year-old Walter Gabathuler (SUI). Thomas Straumann, the businessman from Basel, has also provided Gabathuler with Silver Surfer by Cornet Obolensky. He wants to give Gabathuler a chance in the international sport.
However, Switzerland has to do without Giovanni van het Scheefkaseel in the future. The gelding transfered from Pius Schwizer to Belgian Jérome Guery, who will compete the Darco son in Madrid this weekend. Schwizer and Giovanni were able to achieve top successes at the Nations Cups in Hickstead and Falsterbo in 2015 and were placed sixth at the Grand Prix in Rotterdam, but recently the chemistry between horse and rider had become worse, so Schwizer himself said. Therefore they were searching for a new jockey for the horse. But Schwizer already has a replacement in his stable: 13-year-old Contifex, so the Pferdewoche reported. Until recently the Cornet Obolensky son was ridden by Abdullah Al Sharbatly and Ahmad Saber Hamcho.