Rebroff Dies in Stall at Wellington’s Global Dressage Festival Day After Germany’s Frederic Wandres Rides to Victory in Debut

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Frederic Wandres on Rebroff after the Global Dressage Festival Grand Prix Friday. © 2021 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

By KENNETH J. BRADDICK

WELLINGTON, Florida, Jan. 30, 2021–Rebroff, a 12-year-old Rhinelander gelding, died in his stall at the Global Dressage Festival Saturday a day after being ridden by Germany’s Frederic Wandres in the pair’s first Big Tour.

The horse, owned by Hof Kasselmann of Hagen, Germany for whom Frederic rides, was reported to have died from what appeared to be an aneurysm or heart attack. The horse was being taken to a pathology laboratory at Kissimmee, Florida for an autopsy to determine the precise cause.

Frederic and Rebroff (Robespierrot x Oula Owl), bred by Yves and Verena Gielen-Burger, were scheduled to compete in their first Freestyle Sunday.

Insa Hansen of Germany competed Rebroff at Grand Prix in Hagen last July and at Oldenburg in October.

This was Frederic’s first time competing in the United States. He came with several horses from Hof Kasselmann. He did not bring with him Duke of Britain, the horse on which he is on Germany’s Olympic squad. He had been invited to the World Cup Final with Duke of Britain that was scheduled for Las Vegas last April but canceled due to coronavirus.