Herzruf’s Erbe Retired by Ulla Salzgeber

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Herzruf's Erbe ridden by Ulla Salzgeber at Munich in May this year, the Rhinelander gelding's last competition. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Herzruf’s Erbe ridden by Ulla Salzgeber at Munich in May this year, the Rhinelander gelding’s last competition. © 2015 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 24, 2015

Herzruf’s Erbe, the 16-year-old Rhinelander gelding, has been retired by Olympian Ulla Salzgeber after seven years at Grand Prix frequently interrupted by injuries that kept the horse from making a German championship team.

“After a very long and mature consideration, I’ve decided together with the team around ‘Herzi’ to send my current top sports partner to his well-deserved retirement,” Ulla said in a statement.

Ulla, Olympic, World Games and European Championship team gold medal rider and World Cup champion on Rusty at the beginning of the 21st century, began competing “Herzi” (Herzruf x Caletto I) at Grand Prix in May, 2008.

In 71 Grand Prix starts until the final competition in Munich last May, Herzi finished first 31 times and placed third at the 2011 World Cup Final. Although the pair produced performances that made them contenders for championships, injuries kept the duo off teams.

Ulla Salzgeber looking at Herzruf's right hind leg  at Aachen, Germany tat turned out to be an injury to the horse. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Ulla Salzgeber looking at Herzruf’s right hind leg at Aachen, Germany that turned out to be an injury to the horse. © 2009 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

In recent years, Ulla has been coach of the Colombian dressage team as part of a schedule of giving riding clinics in several parts of the world.