Stallion Baron de Ley Sold to Mexico’s Bernadette Pujals

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Baron de Ley ready to leave England for Mexico.

The stallion Baron de Ley has been sold to Bernadette Pujals of Mexico as a prospect for her to compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

The eight-year-old Westfalen stallion (Bretling W x Devisa x Diego xx) was trained by Wolfram Wittig of Germany and competed by his wife, Brigitte to Prix St. Georges. As both a five- and six-year-old, the horse qualified for the Bundeschampionate.

Bernadette rode her Vincent to sixth place in the Beijing Olympics in 2008 and also competed in the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in 2006. She also competed in the Pan American Games in Winnipeg, Canada in 1999 and in Guadalajara, Mexico in 2011.

Baron de Ley was initially not for sale by Jules and Jill Walker, owners of Southern Cross Stud.

“We had intended to keep him in training with our aim of getting him to Grand Prix,” Jules said. “However, we are delighted that he has gone to Berna. We feel it is a fantastic opportunity for him and we are looking forward to seeing what this partnership can achieve. We negotiated the opportunity to breed from him in the future with Berna, and we are very excited about that, too.”

Vincent ridden by Bernadette Pujals at the 2008 Olympic Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com