Serre No Longer Combination with Tokyo Short-Listed Vistoso de Massa

Thu, 01/20/2022 - 14:08
Anne-Sophie Serre and Vistoso de Massa at the 2018 CDIO Compiegne :: Photo © Astrid Appels

French Grand Prix rider Arnaud Serre no longer forms a combination with his Tokyo Olympic hopeful Vistoso de Massa. The horse has been sent to Denmark to be sold.

Vistoso de Massa is a 13-year old Lusitano by Maestro JGB x Xaquiro, bred by his owner Sylvain Massa. 

The grey has been trained from novice level to Grand Prix by the French couple Arnaud and Anne-Sophie Serre. The horse's first claim to fame was winning silver at the 2016 French Championships for 7-Year Olds.

In 2017 the horse made its international show debut at medium tour level at the CDI Nice, where it finished second in the Inter A with 67.593%. Three months later he was moved up the Grand Prix level at the 2017 CDIO Compiegne. Anne-Sophie campaigned Vistoso internationally from 2017 till 2019. 

In 2020 her husband Arnaud took over the ride and premiered the horse at the CDI Cascais, where he won the big tour class with 71 and 72% scores. In 2021 the combination was short listed for French Olympic team selection, but after CDI's in Compiegne and Le Mans the scored were 69.109% and 67.392% and the pair did not make the cut for the team. 

Vistoso is now in Denmark to be sold. The horse is being ridden by Anne-Mette Strandby. Owner Massa has sent more horses to Denmark for sales; his Addict de Massa ended up with Anna Kasprzak.

"Mr Massa has at heart to develop the commercial part of his breeding and Vistoso being in his prime, it was decided that it was the right time to sell him," Anne-Sophie Serre told Eurodressage. The couple has three rising Grand Prix horses lined-up as successors and Paris Olympic hopefuls, all bred by Massa: James Bond, Jibraltar, and Jojoba.

Photo © Astrid Appels

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