In the future KWPN stallion Bordeaux by United/Gribaldi, owned by Paul Schockemöhle and Joop van Uytert, will be ridden by Japanese Akane Kuroki. The 12-year-old, who received his stallion license in 2009 in the Netherlands, first was brought to the sport by Eva Möller. In 2012 she and the stallion were placed fourth at the World Championship of the young dressage horses. She also developed him to Grand Prix Niveau. In 2017, Norwegian rider Isabel Freese-Bache, who is based at Schockemöhle’s stable took over. She was part of the EC team for Gothenburg. This year in Hamburg she competed Bordeaux again, but then stopped competing due to her pregnancy.
Kuroki, who recently had to accept the loss of her Grand Prix mare Batute, will now ride the stallion. According to eurodressage, Joop van Uytert confirmed that Bordeaux will be based in the Netherlands, at Imke Schellekens-Bartels’ yard in Hooge Mierde. There the rider, who has leased the horse for one year but with the option to ride him one more year for the Olympic Games, is in training.