Sandra Auffarth Retires World Champion Opgun Louvo in CHIO Aachen Celebration

Sandra Auffarth and Opgun Louvo. Photo by Jenni Autry.

The illustrious Opgun Louvo was wished a happy retirement this weekend in a celebration at CHIO Aachen.

The 17-year-old Selle Français (Shogun II x Vanille du Tertre) boasts a number of successes which decorate his resume like jewels of a crown, the most dazzling, of course, being individual gold at the 2014 World Equestrian Games. All in all, “Wolle” won nine medals across five championships with Germany’s Sandra Auffarth.

Last summer, Sandra announced that Wolle would no longer compete in championships, but after a last minute withdrawal from Aachen, he did not have any more starts. Now, he’ll be remembered in the history books for his career which includes team gold and individual bronze at the London Olympics, team gold and individual silver both the 2011 and 2015 European Championships, and team silver at the Rio Olympics.

A World Champion and Sandra’s horse of a lifetime — Hats off to you, Wolle.