Jordi Domingo's young Grand Prix horse Handsome C will continue as a 2024 Paris Olympic hopeful for Israel. The Wellington based Micah Deligdish has added the bay to her collection.
Handsome C is a 2012 born KWPN gelding by Don Tango B out of Dolita (by UB40 x Krack C). He is bred at brood farm 't Centrom in Wijdenes, The Netherlands.
As a young stallion, Handsome C was entered for the 2013 KWPN Stallion Licensing. He made it through the pre-selection in December 2012 but did not pass the second phase two months later.
Career in Spain
The stallion sold to Nahman Andic Ermay, the man behind the Mango fashion brand, and the horse moved Spain. He was put in training with Jordi Domingo.
Domingo and Handsome made their show debut in 2016 when the horse was 4. Their international debut as a pair followed in 2018 at the CDI Toledo, where they placed second twice in the 6-year old young horse tests. Two months later they also competed at the CDI Segovia and again placed second twice.
The pair gradually moved up the levels although Jordi's stepdaughter, Celine Milton, rode him to gold at the 2019 Catalunyan Regional Championships
In 2022 the horse made its national debut at Grand Prix level. In May 2022 their international Grand Prix debut took place at the CDI Camarma de Esteruales, where they scored 66.978% in the Grand Prix and 71.155% in the Kur. Jordi and Handsome won silver at the Catalunya regional championships at Grand Prix level this year.
Olympic Hopeful for Deligdish
Lily Forado reported that American based Micah Deligdish has now secured Handsome C as her Paris hopeful.
Micah first represented Israel at the 2019 European Dressage Championships in Rotterdam aboard Devon Kane's Destiny. She competed him through 2022. Deligdish also has a second Grand Prix horse to ride, Santos (by Stedinger x Donnerruf).
With Handsome C she hopes to be part of the Israeli team that will compete for a team ticket to Paris at the FEI Group C Olympic Qualification event at Unikornis Stable, at Pilisjászfalu, Hungary on 7 - 11 June 2023.
Israel has only a very small group of riders competing at international Grand Prix level, one of them is Austrian born Nicola Ahorner and Eyal Zlatin but the latter last competed internationally at GP level in February 2020.
Photos © Lily Forado - Astrid Appels