Dandy de la Roche Retired from Sport

Tue, 10/04/2022 - 10:50
Antonella Jouannou and Dandy de la Roche at the 2018 World Equestrian Games :: Photo © Astrid Appels

Swiss Grand Prix team rider Antonella Jouannou has retired her top horse, Dandy de la Roche, from international competition sport. 

Dandy de la Roche CMF is a 17-year old Swiss warmblood gelding by Dressage Royal out of Washari (by Walt Disney I). He is bred by Carine, Muriel and Françoise Trembley d'Ogens.

Young Horse Success

Antonella acquired the chestnut Dandy as a 3-year-old stallion in 2008, but had to geld him after an incident in the stable. He jumped the door of the indoor arena and had to have a 6 month rest.

In 2010 Dandy and Antonella made their show debut in the young horse classes in Switzerland. They competed at four shows and won seven classes and was second once. He went on to win the 5-year old division at the 2010 Swiss Young Horse Championships in Avenches. 

In 2011 he returned to the national young horse championships as a 6-year old and won again. In 2012 they won the 7-year old division.

Swiss Team Horse

Joannou produced Dandy de la Roche to Grand Prix level herself. 

At the 2017 European Championships
In 2014 they made their international Grand Prix debut at the CDI Vierzon in France and continued to gain miles at Donaueschingen and Biarritz.

Between 2015 and 2017 they were regular competitors at high profile CDI's such as Saumur, Compiegne, Hagen, Lyon, Stuttgart, Valencia, and Crozet. They were reserves for the 2015 European Championships in Aachen and the 2016 Olympics in Rio.

They finally clinched their first Swiss team selection in 2017 and represented their country at the European Championships in Gothenburg, where they were 33rd in the Grand Prix with 67.671%. A year later they were on the team for the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, where they finished 37th in the Grand Prix with 68.820%. 

At the Swiss Grand Prix Championships they had silver in 2014bronze in 2015, and silver in 20162017, and 2020. In 2020 he was named Swiss Horse of the Year.

This year, Joannou and the 17-year old Dandy de la Roche competes in Ornago and Sint-Truiden and were listed as reserves for the 2021 Tokyo Olympics. After a three year break from team selection, Joannou was back on the team for the 2021 European Dressage Championships in Hagen, but unfortunately had to withdraw the day before departure to Germany due to a minor injury.

Retirement from Sport

Dandy de la Roche's Farewell at the Nationals
Last weekend at the 2022 Swiss Grand Prix Championships, Dandy de la Roche was officially retired from sport with a special ceremony. 

"Thank you Dandy for all the beautiful years and for everything you have given me," Antonella stated. "He has well deserved this retirement from sport."

Antonella will gradually bring down his training until there will be a full retirement to the field. 

"Dandy is still in shape and will stay close to me. He will be regularly ridden till the moment that the time is ripe for him to go the field with his buddies."

Photos © Astrid Appels - private - Silke Rottermann

Dandy at home in Switzerland in 2021
Related Links
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