The Japanese dressage team has bought (or leased respectively) a good team of horses for the Olympic Games in Rio. At least Christoph Koschel’s Tiesto will be in Japanese ownership for the next year (for the Olympic Games the horse has to be owned by the country for which it will compete by December 31 of the previous year). Alexandra Barbancon Mestre’s Don Lorean, Renate Vogelsang’s Fabriano and Anne van Olsts Clearwater are also sold. All of them are experienced horses and between 15 and 17 years old.
Now another 15-year-old horse has been saved for the country of the rising sun: Imke Schellekens-Bartel’s KWPN gelding Toots. The Jazz son, once Schellekens-Bartel’s great hope, however, has rarely competed. After a promising year 2012 he had a long break due to an injury in 2013, that took until this year. Only at the beginning of December, Schellekens-Bartels and the big Toots came back on the international stage in Roosendaal, where they finished the Freestyle with 76,425 percent after having received less than 70% in the Grand Prix. Now, however, Japanese Akane Kuroki has bought the KWPN gelding, a further Grand Prix horse next to Don Luka, whom she already owns.