Liebling II, World Games & European Championship Medal Mount for Carl Hester, Dies at Age of 21

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Carl Hester on Liebling II at the 2009 European Championships © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Oct. 12, 2018

Liebling II, the horse that Carl Hester rode for his first international championship medal and went on to partner other riders on both sides of the Atlantic, has died at the age of 21, Carl reported.

Liebling, or “Lenny,” as he was called, was a Holsteiner gelding (Lorentin I x Koenigspark xx), and first competed internationally by Great Britain’s Anna Louise Ross in 2007, including the European Championships that year.

Carl took over the ride in 2008 and the following year rode Liebling for Britain to capture team silver at the Europeans in Windsor, England, the first medal for the rider.

Canada’s Cheryl Meisner leased Liebling in 2010, competing at CDIs in England.

Carl resumed riding the horse later that summer and was on Britain’s team that took silver at the World Equestrian Games in Lexington, Kentucky.

Yvonne Losos de Muñiz of the Dominican Republic then took the reins in 2012, competing mostly in the United States in an unsuccessful campaign for a start at the London Olympics.

Jonna Schelstraete of the Netherlands competed the horse internationally in 2013.

Liebling was retired in 2014.