Austrian junior rider Felicita Simoncic has acquired the 9-year old KWPN bred Ivar D.E. as her Under 25 hopeful.
Ivar D.E. is a 2013 born Dutch warmblood gelding by Ampere out of Tetske (by Olivi x Roemer x Kanonnier)
Ilse van Cranenbroek
The black gelding was trained and and competed by Dutch Ilse van Cranenbroek.
The pair made its international show debut in July 2021 at the CDI Meerle, where they placed 9th in the Prix St Georges (with 68.382%) and third in th Inter I freestyle (73.235%).
The rising 9-year old has now been sold as an Under 25 hopeful for Simoncic.
The 17-year old Felicita has been competing at junior rider's level since 2021 and still has one year to go in the junior division.
After a highly successful time on ponies between 2018 and 2020, she moved onto horses in 2021 with Korefan (by Komandor x Los Angeles) and Connery Junior (by Connery x Rohdiamant).
For 2022, Simoncic plans to compete Connery at Young Riders' level while Korefan is being produced for Under 25 Grand Prix.
Ivar D.E. will arrive in Austria on 22 January 2022, joined by Van Cranenbroek.
"He's a bit smaller than my other horses, but he has such a cute face and is really such a sweetheart. He is quite the pocket rocket and has some fire in him which I really like," Felicita told Eurodressage. "The feeling in the saddle is absolutely amazing. He is a really really nice horse to ride, he gives you a very comfortable feeling. He tries so hard and is so easy on the bit it’s just absolutely lovely to sit in him. He’s trained until Grand Prix and has already competed a bit with his former owner."
Felicita was to start 2022 with competing him at Young Riders' level and then gradually work towards Grand Prix.
"We want to gradually see how fast we can manage the Grand Prix but without any stress," she said. "I also still need to do quite a bit of learning when it comes to the Grand Prix, but we will just see where this year takes us and then decide throughout the year what our continuing plans will be. My top priority for him is that he stays healthy and feels well and happy."
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