Anabel Balkenhol’s Dablino Retires After Olympic, World Games Career

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Anabel Balkenhol on Dablino at the 2012 Olympics in London. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

ROSENDAHL, Germany, Oct. 23, 2018–Dablino FRH that Germany’s Anabel Balkenhol competed at the 2012 London Olympics and the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky has been retired at the age of 18.

The Hanoverian gelding (De Niro x Wanderbursch II) was competed at the World Young Horse Championships as a five-year-old by Holga Finken before moving to the Balkenhol family. Anabel and her father, Klaus, German Olympic and World Games gold medalist and former United States team coach, trained Dablino to Grand Prix.

In 2009, Anabel and Dablino began Big Tour and a year later were on the German team that won bronze at the World Games in Lexington and rode as an individual at the Olympics in London in 2012. The pair made more than 75 starts in a Big Tour career over eight years.