Painted Black Injured, Anky’s Summer Competition Schedule Devastated

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Anky van Grunsven and IPS Painted Black at the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Anky van Grunsven and IPS Painted Black at the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

ERP, The Netherlands, May 21–I.P.S. Painted Black, the 12-year-old black stallion that Anky van Grunsven competed at the 2009 Exquis World Dressage Masters and FEI World Cup in Las Vegas, suffered a “badly” injured hip Thursday and will be out of competition for several weeks completely disrupting the summer schedule for the Olympic gold medalist.

The injury to Painted Black, the sixth-ranked horse in the world, is the second of Holland’s top steeds to have to be withdrawn from competition. The fourth-ranked Parzival, owned and riden by Adelinde Cornelissen, suffered a tendon injury and had to be withdrawn from the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas last month.

“He hurt his hip badly on his way to the covering facility,” Sjef Janssen, Anky’s coach and husband, told dressage-news.com.

“He will be out a minimum of one month but more likely two months.

“This ruins quite a little bit her (Anky’s) planning because there are many important shows and qualifiers coming up the next two months.

“There is nothing we can do; just give him a rest and make sure rehabilitation will take place in a right and good manner.”

Among the major summer competitions in which Anky has been a major factor for several years are the Dutch national championships, Rotterdam CDIO3* in mid-June and Aachen, Germany CHIO the first week of July.

Janssen said that Anky will focus on preparing Salinero for the major events. She won her third individual Olympic gold medal in Beijing last summer on Salinero.

Van Grunsven had to qualify the 16.2-hand (1.68m) Painted Black for the 2009 FEI World World Cup Final although she was the title holder because she won in 2008 on Salinero.

The combination won the inaugural €100,000 (US$138,900) Exquis World Dressage Masters at Palm Beach in January and finished third in the Rolex FEI World Cup in Las Vegas.