Ingrid Klimke's talented young Grand Prix mare Geraldine has been euthanized. The mare had the year off recovering from a sport injury, but developed chronic laminitis.
"SAP Geraldine should have spent the summer out in the field. Unfortunately due to suffering from chronic laminitis inflammation, it was with heavy hearts that we said goodbye," Klimke told Eurodressage.
Geraldine was a 10-year old Rhinelander mare by Furst Grandios out of Casablanca (by Tolstoi). She was owned by Klimke in partnership with the breeder Ulrich Zeising and Canadian owner Faith Berghuis.
The chestnut mare was first competed in the young horse classes by Lara Heggelmann, but as of 2014 Ingrid Klimke took over. Geraldine made her Grand Prix debut at the 2017 CDI Munich Indoor last Novemeber, where she finished second in the Grand Prix (72.520%) and fifth in the Special (69.823%). One month later she was scheduled to compete in the 2017 Louisdor Cup Finals for German developing Grand Prix horses but had to be withdrawn due to fitness issues. In May 2018 team Klimke announced that the mare would get a year off in the field.
"We will always remember her as an amazing and enchanting dancing queen! We are all sooo sad," Ingrid added.
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