Jojo AZ, Agnete Kirk Thinggaard’s 2016 Olympic Mount, Dies Suddenly at Age 17

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Agnete Kirk Thinggaard and Jojo AZ at the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Oct. 8, 2020

Jojo AZ, the horse that took Agnete Kirk Thinggaard to the 2016 Olympics on the Danish team, has died at the age of 17 from a sudden illness.

“Yesterday,” the 37-year-old rider reported on Facebook, “I had to let Jojo go. He was suddenly very ill and even though we went to the hospital quickly, we couldn’t save him. He will forever live in my heart and I will miss him every day.”

Jojo was a Hungarian Sport Horse (Damhus Hoek’s Ginus x Justboy) was competed by Erno Kovacs of Hungary then Finland’s Henri Ruoste including the 2013 European Championships before Agnete took over the ride in 2014.

In addition to the 2016 Olympics, Agnete and Jojo competed at the 2015 and 2016 World Cup Finals and the 2017 and 2019 European Championships.

She retired the horse from competition last year and at the Global Dressage Festival in Wellington, Florida this winter showed Zatchmo, Don Olymbrio and Veneziano all with the Blue Hors prefix for her family’s breeding and competition center in Denmark.