Opgun Louvo bounces back from injury
How did Opgun Louvo incur his injury?
He lost a shoe early on the cross-country at Aachen in 2013 and as the ground was slippery he somehow strained a leg. He wasn’t lame but I know him so well that I realised he wasn’t quite right. I don’t have another horse like him and so I’m always really careful with him.
How did you find him?
He was bought by a Belgian rider from his French home as a three-year-old, which is why the French crowd here gave him a standing ovation after the dressage. I was given him to ride as a five-year-old and a year later I bought him along with the German Federation.
Did you realise then that he would be such a superstar?
Absolutely not. He’s a small horse and in a stable he looks like a hundred others. But he has a great attitude — he’s so intelligent on the flat and such a good jumper. We have done everything step by step together but I never dreamed that he would be a four-star horse. It was only when he completed the Luhmuhlen CCI**** in 2011 that I realised what he was capable of. After that, of course, we won individual silver at the Luhmuhlen Europeans.
Did you always dream of riding at a World Equestrian Games?
I went to the WEG in Aachen in 2006 and riding at a World Games was really far from my mind. I never thought then that it could possibly happen.
Who trains you on the flat?
I’ve worked with [pure dressage rider] Carola Koppelmann for the last seven years.
What is Opgun Louvo like to ride across country?
He loves all cross-country courses and he’s often a little ‘over-motivated’ at the start!
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