via Raf’s website and military-boekelo.nl
The USA has added yet another major Olympic contending horse to our arsenal. Raf Kooreman of the Netherlands has confirmed the sale of his own Cavalor Demeter to America on his website. Cavalor Demeter has placed in the top five of two CCI3*’s this year and competed for the Netherlands at the European Championships. The horse looked to be Raf’s top candidate to compete in London by winning the dressage at Boekelo and finishing with just a simple rider error run-out on the cross-country. Demeter is a 9 year old Warmblood mare. [Demeter’s Record]
From what I have heard the money was too much to pass up, but Raf still has three other potential horses to compete at the Olympics next year including the newly acquired Chase the Moon from *Piggy French. Raf raised Demeter from starting her first event up through the three star level. The word is that the horse was purchased for show jumping’s eventing convert Marilyn Little-Meredith.
Demeter joins a growing list of potential Olympic horses that have been purchased for US riders over the past six months including Mr. Medicott (Karen O’Connor), Charlie Weld (Jules Stiller), Fernhill Gloster Rebel (Will Faudree), the rumored sale of Mystery Whisper for Phillip to ride at the Olympics.
Update: To confirm the sale of Mystery Whisper, Australia’s The Horse confirms “Mystery Whisper has been sold to clients of Phillip Dutton – and as part of the deal, Phillip will have the ride on the horse in the trials for the US eventing team to go to the London Games next year.” Many thanks to EN tipster Skippy for the link and as usual I’m glad that our readers know more than I do. Mystery Whisper is in my opinion Phillip’s top Olympic candidate–the horse can lay down a serious low 40′s dressage test and Phillip will be able to make the time with it.
*Correction courtesy of Uptown Eventing–Chase the Moon was produced by Piggy French, not Pippa Funnel. The horse is staying with its existing owner and now being ridden by Raf.