CHIO Aachen 2014: “Corradina” to officially retire prior to the Mercedes-Benz Nations´ Cup

CHIO Aachen 2014: “Corradina” to officially retire prior to the Mercedes-Benz Nations´ Cup

“Corradina”, the successful horse of the German show-jumper Carsten-Otto Nagel (Wedel), is ending its sporting career and will officially retire during the CHIO Aachen 2014, prior to the Mercedes-Benz Nations' Cup on July 17th, 2014. Nagel and the horse's owners (Moorhof Stables) came to this decision jointly.

This means the German equestrian sport will be losing one of its most talented jumping horses in future, which Otto Becker, national coach of the German jumping team, also deeply regrets: “It's a shame that Corradina won't be competing in future, you could always rely on her for two clear rounds in the Nations' Cup. A fantastic horse.” For Nagel himself, the 16-year-old Holstein grey mare is still “the best horse in the world”, persistent injuries are the reason why this exceptional jumping horse is going into her well-deserved retirement.

“Corradina is the horse of my life. She competed at four Championships and won six medals. That is pretty unique! I rode her for 12 years – that is a long time and that has a strong bonding effect,” stated Nagel. The pair's greatest victories include team bronze and individual silver at the European Championships in Windsor (2009), team gold and fifth place in the individual classification at the World Championships in Kentucky (2010), team gold and individual silver at the European Championships in Madrid (2011) and last year team silver at the European Championships in Herning. The successful pair particularly excelled in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen 2011. “That was unique. Riding double clear for Germany in the Nations' Cup in Aachen, was one of the highlights of our joint career,” raved Nagel, who came joint second with his team together with Ireland and Great Britain. A few days later, they came sixth in the Rolex Grand Prix, one of the most difficult jumping competitions in the world. “I am grateful and very pleased that the retirement ceremony for Corradina is taking place in Aachen. Because that means the best horse in the world will retire at the best show in the world. Which is great! Of course, it is a sad moment, but life goes on – a new phase begins. In future, Corradina will be implemented as a brood mare and I am sure she will produce a few wonderful foals.”

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