Korean Grand Prix rider Dong Seon Kim is building a dressage business at his recently acquired German base in Wegberg, Germany. Investing in some serious horse stock as well, Kim bought the rising Grand Prix mare Fürstenfee.
Kim scouted the 7-year old Oldenburg mare Fürstenfee at Hof Kasselmann in Hagen.
Bred by Elisabeth Munstermann, the 2011 born bay mare is by Fürstenball out of De Luxe M (by Donnerhall x Rohdiamant x Grundstein). The dam also produced Bundeschampion San Francisco OLD (aka San Doncisco M), which Sissy Max-Theurer bought at auction for 580,000 euro.
Fürstenfee made her show debut in February 2016 under Hof Kasselmann's rider Frederic Wandres and straight away won the L-level dressage horse test in Ankum. The pair also scored the bronze medal at the 2016 Oldenburg Young Horse Championships in Rastede later that summer and placed seventh in the consolation finals at the 2016 Bundeschampionate in the 5-year old division. In 2017 the mare moved up to M-level.
"I am very happy with her," Dong Seon told Eurodressage. "I will show her small tour, the Nurnberger Burgpokal qualifiers and (later) Louisdor Cup."
The 28-year old Kim won individual silver at the 2014 Asian Games and represented Korea at the 2014 World Equestrian Games and at 2016 Olympic Games. This year he is not seeking to represent Korea at the 2018 Asian Games in Jakarta, Indonesia.
"I want to compete against the best in the world, not Asian riders," said an ambitious Kim who is developing his own dressage sales and training yard at Gestut St. Ludwig in Germany.
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