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Top German jumping mare Corradina retired to stud

Carsten-Otto Nagel and Corradina.

Carsten-Otto Nagel and Corradina.

Carsten-Otto Nagel’s showjumping mare Corradina is to be officially retired during the CHIO Aachen 2014, before the Mercedes-Benz Nations’ Cup on July 17.

The decision by Nagel and the horse’s owners, Moorhof Stables, means Germany will lose one of its most talented horses to the breeding barn.

German jumping team national coach Otto Becker said the 16-year-old mare would be a loss for the team.  “It’s a shame that Corradina won’t be competing in future, you could always rely on her for two clear rounds in the Nations’ Cup. A fantastic horse.”

Nagel said that, to him, the holsteiner mare (Corrado I x Elsafina/Sandro) who was bred by Hartwig Schmidt, is still “the best horse in the world”. He cited persistent injuries as the reason she is heading for retirement.

“Corradina is the horse of a lifetime. She competed at four Championships and won six medals. That is pretty unique! I rode her for 12 years – that is a long time and that has a strong bonding effect,” Nagel said.

The pair’s greatest victories include team bronze and individual silver at the European Championships in Windsor (2009), team gold and fifth place in the individual classification at the World Championships in Kentucky (2010), team gold and individual silver at the European Championships in Madrid (2011) and last year team silver at the European Championships in Herning.

The successful pair particularly excelled in the Mercedes-Benz Nations Cup at the CHIO Aachen 2011.  “That was unique. Riding double clear for Germany in the Nations’ Cup in Aachen, was one of the highlights of our joint career,” said Nagel, who came joint second with his team together with Ireland and Great Britain.

A few days later, they came sixth in the Rolex Grand Prix, one of the most difficult jumping competitions in the world.

“I am grateful and very pleased that the retirement ceremony for Corradina is taking place in Aachen. Because that means the best horse in the world will retire at the best show in the world. Which is great! Of course, it is a sad moment, but life goes on – a new phase begins. In future, Corradina will become a broodmare and I am sure she will produce wonderful foals.”

Carsten Otto Nagel and Corradina 2.

Carsten Otto Nagel and Corradina at the European Championships in 2013. © Paul Harding/Lewis Harding Images

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