Madeleine Witte-Vrees' Finnlanderin Sold to Canada

Thu, 07/21/2022 - 14:16
Madeleine Witte-Vrees on Finnlanderin at the 2022 CDI Compiegne :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Madeleine Witte-Vrees has sold her third international Grand Prix horse to Canada. After selling Grand Prix horses Wynton and Charmeur to Canada as breeding stallions, this time she sold her current ride Finnlanderin.

Finnlanderin is a 12-year old Oldenburg mare by Fidertanz out of the 1992 born Bavarian mare Ferna (by Donnerhall x Pik Bube I). She is bred by Xavier Marie in France.

KS Horses

Owned by the Dutch company KS Horses, the mare was trained initially trained and shown by Emily Wiskerke before pony rider Suzanne Kleijwegt took over the ride in the autumn of 2017. She showed the mare through 2018 at M-level (ZZ in Holland), coached by Pauline Knols.

In 2019 Kleijwegt sold the liver chestnut mare to Dutch horse dealer Nico Witte as a new ride for wife Madeleine Witte-Vree, whose then GP horses, Cennin and Charmeur, were both injured.

At the 2021 CDI Grote Brogel
The new pair made its national show debut  at the regional show in Velddriel in September 2019,  winning the Prix St Georges.

Grand Prix Debut

Madeleine and Finnlanderin made their international Grand Prix debut at the 2021 CDI mannheim, where they scored 70.457%. They rode one more CDI that spring in Grote Brogel.

The duo returned to the international stage nine months later at the CDI-W Neumunster in February 2022 and campaigned in 's Hertogenbosch, Compiegne and Exloo this year. 

Sold to Canada

Finnlanderin has now been sold to Canadian Under 25 rider Camille Carier Bergeron who is from Quebec. 

Camille Carier Bergeron
Bergeron was the 2014 North American Young Riders Champion and since 2019 has been competing in the Under 25 division. This year she was briefly ranked World Number 1 in the U25 division on the FEI Ranking and has been showing Sound of Silence and Acoeur in international U25 classes

Bergeron is slowly forging her way into the senior Grand Prix division. She is the 2022 Brosda Olympic bursary recipient and trains with Brittany Fraser-Beaulieu. 

Photos © Astrid Appels

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