Robin van Lierop has given his international Grand Prix horse to Zoe Kuintjes to ride as a schoolmaster.
Cupido is a 15-year old Dutch warmblood gelding by Rhodium out of Walinda (by San Remo). He is bred by L. Heida.
Boschman and Van Lierop
Owned by RS2 Dressage, the bay gelding made his international show debut at small tour level in 2015 under van Lierop's partner Seth Boschman. The pair first showed at the CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland and campainged at Villach that year. In 2016 Van Lierop took over the ride and showed him first at small tour in Saumur, followed by the 2017 CDI Nieuw en St. Joosland.
In 2018 Van Lierop and Cupido had their first Grand Prix start in Nieuw en St. Joosland, posting 69.370%, after which they rode at the CDI Aachen Dressage Days and Uggerhalne. A three year break from CDI showing followed until their return at the 2021 CDI Hagen, where they posted 61.304% in the Grand prix and 66.043% in the consolation class. It was their last international show.
Cupido will now continue as a schoolmaster under Dutch aspiring U25 rider Zoe Kuintjes.
The 21-year old Kuintjes competed in the international youth classes, from pony to young riders level, between 2013 and 2021. She represented The Netherlands at the 2015 and 2016 European Pony Championships. She was first reserve for the Dutch team that rode at the 2019 European Young Riders Championships in San Giovanni in Marignano (ITA).
In 2021 the two young rider horses she rode, Don Clorentino des Paluds and Desperado, were both sold. In October 2021 she already received the ride on RS2 Dressage's 6 year old Lacrosse RS2 (by Ferdeaux out of Wiona Utopia RS2, by San Remo x Jazz). Now she adds Cupido to her string.
"The time has ended to my perpetual C-squad status," Van Lierop joked. "My first real Grand Prix horse, no always as easy, but when we danced together, for a moment I felt like a real rider. He's now passing on the baton to the younger guard at RS2 Dressage. We'll see where the journey takes them."
Photos © Astrid Appels