Rostropowitsch Sold to Japan

Fri, 07/03/2015 - 15:35
German Dressage News

Christoph Koschel's number one Grand Prix horse Rostropowitsch has been sold to Japan. The 13-year old Westfalian gelding has been acquired as a schoolmaster for 23-year old Ryunosuke Kuroda.

The 2002 born Westfalian is bred by Johann Schmid and was owned by Christoph's mom Gabriele. He is by Rockwell out of Wildcandela (by Coriograf B x Landadel x Gajus). 

As a youngster Rostropowitsch was first competed by Dorothee Schneider and Alexandra Kappes in 2006 and finished second at the 2007 Bundeschampionate in Warendorf with Schneider. In 2009 Koschel took over the ride and trained the horse from M-level to international Grand Prix. He was last competed internationally in Wellington, U.S.A in February 2015.

"It just clicked with Rosti," Koschel told German equestrian magazine Reiter Revue about the new match between Kuroda and his stallion. "It's nice or me because Rosti will stay in my stable where I can continue to train them both."

Koschel continues his own Grand Prix level competition career on the Dutch warmblood Tiesto (by Gribaldi), which he originally received in his barn in 2014 as a sales horse but ended up acquiring for himself to ride.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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