Campline Acquires Hot Hit OLD to Compete under Portuguese Flag

Fri, 03/17/2023 - 22:20
Frederic Wandres and Hot Hit OLD at the 2023 CDI-W Wellington :: Photo © Lily Forado

The internationally successful Oldenburg gelding Hot Hit OLD has been acquired by the up and coming dressage investment group Campline Horses. His future rider will be Maria Pais do Amaral (POR).

Hot Hit OLD is a 12-year-old gelding who already attracted attention as a young P.S.I. Auction candidate in 2015. Championship rider Frederic Wandres took the talented youngster under his wing and carefully developed him to Grand Prix level.

Success from the Start

The Hotline x Diamond Hit son qualified for the Bundeschampionate in 2016 and 2017 and celebrated success in the international small tour two years later.

In 2021, he won the World Cup qualifier in Samorin and thus earned himself a permanent place in Wandres' Grand Prix team. His international breakthrough at the top level was followed by an outstanding fifth place in a strong field of competitors in the 2021 Louisdor Cup Final in Kronberg.

Serial Grand Prix winner

At the World Cup qualifier in Mechelen
In 2022, Wandres and Hot Hit OLD recorded top international placings and victories at the CDI in Hagen, Hamburg, Fritzens and Samorin. Their Freestyle at Schindlhof already scratched at the 80-percent mark.

This year, the pair secured a double victory in the CDI Grand Prix and Special at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, USA. In the Grand Prix, Hot Hit cracked the 75 percent mark and thus achieved a new personal best. These successes also translated into a ranking among the top 30 dressage horses in the world ranking list.

Maria Pais do Amaral

The 35-year-old international Grand Prix rider Maria Pais do Amaral has already represented her home country Portugal at three European Championships for young riders and one World Championship for young horses.

Maria, Frederic and Hot Hit
Her first successful horse also came from Hof Kasselmann: with Wonderman Amaral won several international tests and was national champions at Young Rider level.

Riding the Lusitano stallion Fidalgo, she was also successful at international Grand Prix level. Amaral will continue training with Frederic Wandres.

"I’m looking forward to this journey together," Maria told Eurodressage.

Parallel to her career as a dressage rider, Amaral works in strategic consulting and is part of the Executive Team at Accenture Strategy.

Campline Horses

The Portuguese horse investment company Campline Horses owns, among others, the Lusitano Olympic stallions Escorial and Fogoso.

In the Olympic Games of Tokyo 2020, the company was represented by two athletes from Europe and South America: Rodrigo Moura Torres (POR) and João Victor Marcari Oliva (BRA).

Renderson Oliveira on Fogoso Campline
So far, Campline Horses has focused intensively on the development of the Lusitano horse.

The group has recently strengthened the Brazilian team with a new combination, Renderson Oliveira and Fogoso, and is now focused on preparing the Portuguese riders to be ready to compete at Grand Prix level.

Photos © Lily Forado - Astrid Appels - Rui Pedro Godinho

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