Cristobal Belmonte's Diavolo II de Laubry Retired from Sport

Tue, 06/22/2021 - 20:37
Cristobal Belmonte Roldan and Diavolo de Laubry at the 2017 European Dressage Championships :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Cristobal Belmonte's former Spanish team horse Diavolo de Laubry has been retired from competition. The 18-year old did his last competing at the Spanish Dressage Championships two weeks ago.

Diavolo II de Laubry is a Belgian warmblood gelding by Alibi de Laubry out of Imandra de Laubry (by Askan de Lauzelle x King Gotthard). He is bred by XX at Haras de Laubry in Asse, Belgium. 

Spanish Team Horse

Under amateur dressage rider Cristobal Belmonte Roldan, who is a dentist by profession, the bay gelding made their national debut at Grand Prix level in 2012 and finished in the top 5 of the Spanish National Championships that year. 

Their international Grand Prix debut was at the CDI Barcelona in March 2014. The pair consistently competed at international GP level for the next six years.

Belmonte and Diavolo de Laubry
Their highlight year was in 2017 when they successfully campaigned at CDI's in Valencia, Medina Sidonia, Segovia and Pompadour to be invited to the Spanish team selection trial in Aachen, Germany, where they were 27th in the Special with 66.294%. They were nominated on the Spanish team for the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden, as reserve riders. However they ended up representing their country after Beatriz Ferrer-Salat withdrawn and finished 46th in the Grand Prix with 65.443% in Gothenburg.

In 2019 they were short listed for the Spanish team for 2019 Europeans in Rotterdam, but not selected. The pair's last international was the CDI Jerez de la Frontera in May 2021, where they continued to produce consistent results at their level. They were 8th in the Grand Prix with 67.087% and 6th in the Kur with 69.710%. 

Nine Consecutive National Championships

Final lap of honour at the 2021 Spanish Championships
At a national level the pair did not miss a single Spanish Dressage Championships since their first in 2013.

They competed at all nationals and were 12th in 2014, 4th in 2015, they withdraw after the Special in 2016, 4th in 2017, 5th in 2018, 5th in 2019, 7th in 2020, and 10th in 2021.

Their swan song was at the 2021 Spanish Dressage Championships in Oliva Nova, where Diavolo II did his last show and received a special round of applause in the final lap of honour to celebrate the horse's retirement from sport. 

Photos © Astrid Appels - Lily Forado

Related Links
Eurodressage Photo Database: Diavolo de Laubry
Sixth Consecutive Title for Beatriz Ferrer-Salat at 2021 Spanish Dressage Championships
Short Listed Riders for Spanish Team for 2019 European Dressage Championships
Spanish Team Selected for 2017 European Dressage Championships, Ferrer-Salat Out
2017 CDIO Aachen, Final Team Qualifier for Spanish Candidates
Scores: 2017 Spanish Dressage Championships
Naesgaard on a Personal Best Score in the 2015 CDI Jerez de la Frontera Grand Prix
2015 International Madrid Dressage Festival, the Biggest Show in the South of Europe