Lisa Wilcox’ Relevant Has Died

Oldenburger stallion Relevant, who once was one of the most successful dressage horses of the nation when he was ridden by Lisa Wilcox has died at age 26. The chestnut stallion, who was noticed by Gudula Vorwerk-Happ when he was still a youngster and then was licensed in Oldenburg in 1993 had to be euthanised due to his old age. The Rubinstein I son became Lisa Wilcox’ ride when she was employed at the Vorwerk stud farm. She developed him to M level, then Nicole Uphoff took over the stallion’s ride and the pair won the 1998 Final of the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal. In 2000 Wilcox took over his ride again when Uphoff left the Vorwerk stud farm. The rider from the US and Relevant won silver at the 2002 WEG in Jerez and were placed fifth in the freestyle. In 2003 they won silver in the freestyle at the European Championships. Their highlight followed in 2004 at the Olympic Games in Athens, where the pair won team bronze.
When Wilcox left the stud farm in 2006 Dutch Marlies van Baalen took over Relevant’s ride. For one year the new pair collected further successes. However, Relevant was not able to make a name for himself as a sire.