German Olympic Squad Rider Frederic Wandres to Compete at Florida’s Global Dressage Festival

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Dec. 30, 2020

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

German Olympic squad rider Frederic Wandres plans to compete at Florida’s Global Dressage Festival beginning next month when he organizes a sales operation in Wellington for Hof Kasselmann.

Frederic will take about 15 horses with him, some that were sold to North Americans at the recent P.S.I. auction of which Ulrich Kasselman operates the dressage segment.

Frederic, 33 years old, who rides for the Kasselman, is leaving behind in Germany Duke of Britain, the 13-year-old British Hanoverian gelding on which he was named to the German Olympic squad in 2020 and reconfirmed for 2021.

A successful campaign likely earned the pair an invitation to the World Cup Final in Las Vegas that was set for last April and would have been Frederic’s first competition ever in the United States. But the event was canceled due to coronavirus.

Frederic Wandres on Duke of Britain campaigning for a start at the World Cup in Las Vegas that was later canceled due to coronavirus. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

However, he will bring Harrods, the seven-year-old Hanoverian gelding (Hochadel x Rotspon) that was nominated by the German federation to compete in the World Young Horse Championships that were to be held in Verden, Germany earlier this month after being put off for four months but were canceled altogether due to coronavirus.

The duo have won German national Prix St. George with scores up to 77% and Frederic plans to develop Harrods’ potential in international Small Tour in Wellington.

“He may be be my next generation Grand Prix horse growing up behind Duke of Britain,” he said.

Harrods is filling the role that had been held by Zucchero OLD, that died of colic in February this year just six months after the Oldenburg stallion became the world champion six-year-old.

Frederic Wandres on Zucchero OLD that he rode to world championship in 2019. The stallion died of colic six months later. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Frederic will be based in Wellington at the farm of friend and compatriot Christoph Koschel.

Christoph, who will be competing in Wellington for the sixth year, is also coach of the Japanese Olympic team and as he did in 2020 before the Tokyo Games were canceled expects several team prospects to join him for Florida’s three-month Global circuit of seven CDIs.

Frederic and Christoph are both based Hagen, Germany.