Blue Hors Matiné Retires From Competition to be Broodmare

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Blue Hors Matine being ridden by Andreas Helgstrand at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. © 2006 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Blue Hors Matiné being ridden by Andreas Helgstrand at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. © 2006 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

RANDBØLDAL, Denmark, Aug. 16–Blue Hors Matiné, the gray mare ridden by Andreas Helgstrand that captured the Grand Prix Freestyle silver medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and hearts of the dressage world for her extravagant gaits, has been officially retired to become a fulltime broodmare.

The Danish website Horse2Rider quoted Ridehesten.com as saying that attempts to restore the mare, now 12 years old, back to competition level were unsuccessful and the Blue Hors stud decided to use her as a broodmare.

Matiné, by Blue Hors Silver Moon, was injured when she slipped on the tarmac while being unloaded at the Thomas & Mack Center for the World Cup in Las Vegas in 2007 and was scratched from the competition.

Rehabilitation attemps with Helgstrand and more recently with Sune Hansen who took over the riding duties at Blue Hors stud were unsuccessful.

Ridden by Helgstrand, Matiné was the Danish dressage champion in 2006 and posted the highest score in team competition at the 2006 WEG in Aachen. Germany, won bronze in the Grand Prix Special and silver in the freestyle.