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Condios Wins 1.50 Metre Class."Mother Nature" Has One Fence Down

Condios, the Holsteiner stallion owned by Morningside Stud, won the 1.50 metre class in Kolding, Denmark on Sunday 23 June with a fast double-clear performance. For a 7-year-old stallion, this was quite a performance. Even more impressive, however, was how Condios had to outwit Mother Nature to secure the

As told by Henrik Steen Gundersen, Condios' rider, he and the horse had just landed after clearing the first part of a treble combination when a strong gust of wind
began to topple the entire second element of the combination. With the rails and wings crashing down around them, Condios cleared the second fence without
touching wood. Condios then put in an extra stride and cleared the third element of the treble combination. The pair went on to finish the course without penalty.
The judges met, agreed that it was Mother Nature and not Condios that deserved the four penalty points, and confirmed Condios' double-clear round and winning time.

According to Tom Reed, owner of Morningside Stud, "This is an amazing horse. Condios has won 1.30, 1.40, and 1.50 metre classes this year, along with placing in his first Grand Prix in Germany. But to be so cool and steady, quick-thinking and adaptive, is truly amazing. It speaks not only to the stallion's athleticism but
also his mind and character."

"It so happens that Danish television was at the show and recorded Condios' round," Reed states. "The TV staff were simply amazed by Condios' performance, and
they promised to send Henrik a copy of the video. I can't wait to see it!"

Condios (Coriano x Landgraf I) is a 7-year-old Holsteiner stallion approved in Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and New Zealand.
He has won (inter)national classes in Germany, Denmark, Holland, Belgium, and Ireland. Bo Kristoffersen, Denmark's national trainer, plans to start Condios and
Gundersen in Nations Cup classes in 2003.


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