Rosevelt Ridden by Allison Brock on USA Olympic Bronze Medal Team Not Returning to Top Sport

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Allison Brock and Rosevelt at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Feb. 10, 2018–Rosevelt, the Hanoverian stallion that Allison M. Brock rode for the United States to win team bronze at the 2016 Olympics, will no longer compete at top sport after a career that took the pair to events on three continents.

Rosevelt who is in Wellington at the farm of owners Fritz and Claudine Kundrun, Ali told dressage-news.com Saturday, is healthy enough to possibly be a riding horse for Claudine or as a well-trained schoolmaster for a youth rider.

Rosevelt, initially was not an easy ride when Ali first competed him at small tour in 2010.

But Ali developed a “real partnership” with the horse, now 16 years old.

The pair started 33 times at Big Tour from August 2013 at the Saugerties, New York World Cup event to the Olympics in Rio de Janeiro three years later.

Along the way, Ali and Rosevelt (Rotspon x Lauries Crusador xx) bred in Germany logged seven victories, five of them at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. Highlights included Nations Cup victories at Wellington in 2015 and at Compiègne, France in 2016.

Ali and Rosevelt were on the American Olympic team with Laura Graves and Verdades, Steffen Peters and Legolas and Kasey Perry-Glass on Dublet that won team bronze, the first since 2004, and the pair qualified to go on to the Grand Prix Freestyle. The duo’s final classification was 15th place overall at Rio de Janeiro.

A jubilant Fritz Kundrun next to his wife, Claudine, with Robert Dover, Hallye Griffin and coach Michael Barisone after the ride by Allison Brock on Rosevelt in the Olympic dressage team competition. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

The pair have not competed since the Olympics.

Ali said that Rosevelt is fit and healthy but she and Claudine and Fritz do not want to have to bring the horse back to a level where he could compete at top sport.

“He owes us absolutely nothing,” the 38-year-old rider said.

“Every day, I look at him and am so grateful that he let me ride him. He was not always so easy but the relationship turned into a true partnership.

“That was very special and I am so very, very grateful.”

Allison Brock on Rosevelt celebrating victory at the Adequan Global Dressage Festival in Wellington. © 2016 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Rosevelt was the second Olympic horse owned by Fritz Kundrun.

He owned Flim Flam, a Hanoverian gelding, that Sue Blinks rode at the Sydney 2000 Olympics on the U.S. team that also won bronze.

Sue and Flim Flam also competed at the 1998 World Equestrian Games in Rome and then at the 2002 WEG where the United States team that also included Debbie McDonald on Brentina, Lisa Wilcox on Relevant and Günter Seidel on Nikolaus won silver.