Wins 1.50 Metre Class."Mother Nature" Has One Fence Down
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
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.
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."
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
(Coriano x Landgraf I) is a 7-year-old Holsteiner stallion approved
in Germany, Denmark, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Australia, and
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.