Elvis VA, Nadine Capellmann’s 2008 Olympic, 2006 World Games Team Gold Medal Mount for Germany, Dies at Age 25

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Elvis receiving a hug from Nadine Capellmann before a packed stadium at the 2006 World Equestrian Games in Aachen, Germany. File photo. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Feb. 8, 2021

Elvia VA, the 2008 Olympic and 2006 World Equestrian Games team gold medal mount for Germany’s Nadine Capellmann, has died at the age of 25.

The Hanoverian gelding, Nadine reported, was found dead in his stall “completely unexpectedly” after feeding Friday night.

Elvis (Espri x Garibaldi II) was bred by Christian Pfeil and found at the Verden auction to be trained by German Olympic champion Martin Schaudt.

Nadine began competing Elvis in 2004 and won the Nürnberger Burg-Pokal, the world famous German championships for Small Tour horses aged seven to nine years, with a then record score of 81.170%. The partnership began Big Tour a year later and in 2006 were on the gold medal team at the World Games in Aachen. The pair won team silver at the 2007 European Championships and then team gold at the 2008 Olympics where the equestrian events were staged in Hong Kong. Elvis was retired in 2012 to Nadine’s farm in Würselen.

“He always greeted me with a joyful neigh,” she said in a report on her Internet site. “I would never have suspected that I would hear this neigh for the last time on Friday evening around five o’clock. At that time I was feeding and Elvis was in a good mood. When I came back to the stable an hour later… he was dead in his box. His death took us all by surprise. We would have liked to have him with us for a while longer! ”