Norway can boast one more new subtop rider. Merete C. Myhre has made her debut in the Prix St. Georges with her Koedie fan ‘e hege Bregster Star (Anders 451) and that has yielded a 60% score. ‘Our first step towards the Elite predicate’, says Merete. After Hotse van de Marne (Rindert 405), Koedie is now the second Friesian horse that has moved up the ranks to Prix St. Georges in Norway.
Buying faster than breeding
Merete bought Koedie when he was three and Merete was instantly ´sold´ on him. ‘He felt good: his character, type and aptitude for the sport.’ This lady rider was especially keen to have an Anders 451 offspring under saddle. ‘We had already bred two Anders 451 offspring ourselves but we reckoned buying one was a much faster tactic.’ So with 79,5 and 80 points for his ABFP Test and the Star predicate under his belt, Koedie left for Norway where, after having been gelded, he pocketed a first premium. Merete and Koedie have distinguished themselves in M- and Z dressage on several occasions and have added regional championships to their roll of honour. ‘In the past 4 -5 years we frequently trained with Marc Peter Spahn and that has helped us a great deal to reach this level. We took our time so that Koedie is mentally as well as physically able to deal with this dressage level.’
Big teddy bear
By now the gelding has turned eight and Merete has nothing but praise for his character. ‘He´s always willing to work, gives his best and has a positive attitude. He is a fantastic sport horse but at the same time a huge teddy bear for my whole family’, we learn from Merete, who´s sure she´ll get a lot more pleasure out of Koedie. ‘He´ll make the perfect schoolmaster for our children when they start riding.’
To 70% and then Grand Prix
Merete was over the moon with her 60% score in their first Prix St. Georges. The target for next year is to stretch this score towards 70%. ‘We need to reach that 70% score for the next step up to a higher level. In the long run my highest aim is definitely the Grand Prix.’