Eye Catcher, New Ride for Emma Kanerva

Tue, 04/16/2019 - 09:34
Antonio Laiz Zandio and Eye Catcher at the 2018 CDIO Aachen :: Photo © Astrid Appels

The 10-year old Dutch warmblood licensed stallion Eye Catcher has been sold to German sponsor Gert Saborowski as a future Grand Prix horse for Finnish Emma Kanerva. 

Eye Catcher (by Vivaldi x Partout) won the 2014 Pavo Cup Finals and double bronze at the 2014 and 2015 World Young Horse Championships in Verden under Kirsten Brouwer.  In 20189 Spanish Antonio Laiz Zandio successfully competed Eye Catcher at international small tour level in 2018 and won the 2018 Spanish Small Tour Championships, 

Eye Catcher was originally owned by Singaporean Titan Wilaras but sold to Andreas Helgstrand as a sales horse one month ago. The horse has now been resold to Saborowski for Kanerva to ride. 

The Finnish Emma Kanerva has been based in Germany for the majority of her professional career. Initially working from Hubertus Schmidt's yard, Kanerva spent a brief period in Great Britain with Emile Faurie. In 2016 she returned to Germany to set up her own shop and began riding for Saborowski.

"The plan first is to get to know the horse and then we will see about the shows," Emma told Eurodressage. "The future goal is at the Olympics."

Photo © Astrid Appels

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