Grandioso Comes Home for Retirement Ceremony at Global After 2 Olympics, World Games, 2 Europeans for Spain

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Grandioso ridden by Jose Daniel Martin Dockx at the Rio Olympics, the stallion's last competition Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Grandioso ridden by Jose Daniel Martin Dockx at the Rio Olympics, the stallion’s last competition Grand Prix. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 22, 2017–Grandioso comes home this week for a retirement ceremony at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival’s Friday Night Stars after being ridden by Jose Daniel Martin Dockx in two Olympics,  a World Games and two European Championships for Spain.

The Pura Raza Española stallion that American owner Kimberly Boyer had assigned the ride to Courtney King Dye in 2008 and was a step away from Grand Prix before the rider’s career-ending accident two years later will be retired to Hampton Green Farm in Fruitport, Michigan after a vacation in Florida. The horse was first competed at U.S. training level in 2004 then Patti Pierucci moved Grandioso through the levels to Small Tour in 2008.

Kim, a major supporter of American dressage and a partner in the group that owns the Global Dressage Festival that has revolutionized the sport in the Americas, waited a year after Courtney’s accident before giving the ride to “Dani” Dockx. He competed Grandioso in his first CDI Grand Prix in May 2011.

Over six years, Grandioso (Adelante x Sevillano IX) started 57 times at international Big Tour.

Grandioso with Jose Daniel Martin Dockx at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Grandioso with Jose Daniel Martin Dockx at the Olympic Games in London in 2012. © 2012 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The Olympic Games in London in 2012 was their first championship.

The European Championships in Herning, Denmark came a year later.

Jose Daniel Martin Dockx riding Grandioso at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark in 2013. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx riding Grandioso at the European Championships in Herning, Denmark in 2013. © 2013 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The pair then were on Spain’s team at the World Equestrian Games in Normandy in 2014.

Jose Daniel Martin Dockx and Grandioso at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Jose Daniel Martin Dockx and Grandioso at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy. © 2014 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The 2015 Europeans in Aachen, Germany were vital to Spain earning a start at the Olympics.

Grandioso and Dani were on the team that succeeded in their mission and was also marked by two other memorable moments for Spain–the last competition for Painted Black ridden by Morgan Barbançon Mestre and a freestyle bronze medal for Beatriz Ferrer-Salat and Delgado.

Grandioso ridden by Jose Daniel Martin Dockx for Spain at the 2015 European Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Grandioso ridden by Jose Daniel Martin Dockx for Spain at the 2015 European Championships. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

A tendon injury to Grandioso in early 2016 placed in doubt the stallion’s availability for the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. But Kim Boyer brought in some of the best medical help and by mid-year Grandioso was on the way to recovery and on Spain’s team at a second Olympics.

Grandioso and Jose Daniel Martin Dockx at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Grandioso and Jose Daniel Martin Dockx at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Now 18 years old, Grandioso will be celebrated during Global’s P.R.E. week with Dani riding a final freestyle before the traditional removal of the saddle to mark the end of a competition career by “this little horse,” that Kim says, “has changed my life forever in ways I can’t describe.”

Courtney King-Dye riding Grandioso at the U.S. Intermediate Championships in 2009. © SusanJStickle.com
Courtney King-Dye riding Grandioso at the U.S. Intermediate Championships in 2009. © SusanJStickle.com