Coryolano, London Olympic Mount of Ireland’s Anna Merveldt, Dies Aged 24

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Coryolano with Anna Merveldt of Ireland at the 2012 London Olympics. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Nov. 18, 2020

Coryolano whose career with rider Anna Merveldt of Ireland included the 2012 Olympics at London was put down last week at the age of 24.

The Bavarian Warmblood gelding (Cheenook x Gajus) began their Big Tour career in 2007 and over six years included the 2007, 2009 and 2011 European Championships as well as the London Games.

Anna won three consecutive The Irish Field Dressage Rider of the Year awards from 2009 to 2011 in recognition of her international success with Coryolano.

“Coryolano spent his last years happily out on grass in Bavaria” Anna said. “His exceptional character enabled him to compete at international level. We had amazing times together.  You always knew when riding up the center line that ‘Cheeky’ would perform.”