Norwegian Young Riders Horse Empire B Sold to Ireland

Mon, 12/06/2021 - 10:08
Alexandra Andresen and Empire B at the 2017 European Young Riders Championships :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Alexandra Andresen's European Young Riders Championship ride Empire B has been sold to Irish dressage rider Fenella Quinn. 

Empire B is a 12-year old Dutch warmblood gelding by Sting out of Wendy (by OO Seven). He is bred by H.P. Koele in The Netherlands.

Sanne Boeve

The black gelding was first owned and competed by Sanne Boeve in The Netherlands. 

In 2014 she qualified him as a 5-year old for the Pavo Cup Finals

Alexandra Andresen

Empire B sold to Norwegian junior rider Alexandra Andresen, who after her successes as a junior on Belamour, made the transition to Young Riders' level with the Dutch warmblood. 

Alexandra made her international show debut on Empire B at the 2017 CDI Kristiansand, where she won all three rounds with 70%+ scores. A month later in Uggerhalne she won the kur to music. She then rode at the Nordic Baltic Championships in Hammaro, where she was fourth in the freestyle before heading to the 2017 European Young Riders Championships in Roosendaal, where she was 18th in the Kur with 65.750%.

The Andresen family spent the winter of 2017-2018 in Wellington, Florida, where Alexandra rode hi in two CDI's. Her last international on Empire B was in Uggerhalne in May 2018. 

Alexandra and Empire at their last show in
Uggerhalne 2018
Uggerhalne turned out to be Alexandra's last show in her career. The now 25-year old Norwegian had to give up riding because she suffers from spinal stenosis, a degenerative disc disease.

In 2018 she suffered from recurrent bulging discs in addition to the stenosis and had almost a year off from riding. By September 2019 she was back in the saddle but never made it to the show ring. 

Fenella Quinn

Empire B was sent to Helgstrand to be sold and found a new owner in British based Irish dressage rider Fenella Quinn.

The gelding arrived in her barn six weeks ago and the pair made its show debut this weekend at the national show at Keysoe. They placed second in the Prix St Georges, "with just a smidge under 70%," and eighth in the Intermediaire I on Saturday and won twice on Sunday.

Photos © Astrid Appels

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