Wansuela Suerte, German Olympic Team Gold Medal Horse, Dies in Wellington at Age 22

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Hubertus Schmidt after riding Wansuela Suerte for Germany's gold medal team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in 2006. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Hubertus Schmidt after riding Wansuela Suerte for Germany’s gold medal team at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany in 2006. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 27, 2015–Wansuela Suerte, the Hanoverian mare that Hubertus Schmidt rode to team gold at the Olympics, World Equestrian Games and European Championships, has died in Wellington at the age of 22.

The chestnut mare was owned and cared for by Joanne Stoudenmier at Finally Farm in Wellington, next to Diamante Farm which Hubertus visits during winters to coach Devon Kane.

Wansuela Suerte (Warkant x Wachmann I) was ridden by Hubertus to capture the gold medal trifecta of the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, the 2005 European Championships in Hagen, Germany and the WEG in Aachen, Germany in 2006.

In 18 international competitions over four years, the pair placed first twice and second seven times.

She was retired from competition in 2008.