Lanfranco leaves Andrew Hoy’s yard for new owners

  • Andrew Hoy’s Lanfranco has left his yard after being sold to unnamed owners.

    The 15-year-old trakehner gelding by Bulrush XX, joined his new owners’ yard earlier this week.

    Andrew and Lanfranco’s last outing was at Badminton earlier this month, where they parted company at the Gatehouse New Pond after the horse ran out.

    Lanfranco then bolted off across the course, but was caught unharmed.

    Earlier this season the combination finished ninth in an advanced section at Weston Park and second in at Burnham Market.

    “I have very much enjoyed the past 15 months of working with this very talented horse and am very proud of his development and the great performances he achieved in this period with wins and placings up to advanced level,” said Andrew.

    “I am grateful for all the very kind words and support I have received from so many fellow competitors, officials and friends of our wonderful sport who have been following his developments over the last year.

    “Nevertheless coming such a long way since his arrival at Somerby Stables he has not been able to completely put previous experiences behind and in showing respect to this wonderful horse we have to accept that the big international competition stages of this world are not a happy place for him.

    “We are very happy to have received a lot of interest in this experienced horse.

    “We wish his new owners the best of luck and hope they will enjoy their time with this wonderful horse.”

    The horse was previously competed by Andrew’s ex wife Bettina, but transferred to Andrew last March following the couple’s divorce.

    Bettina and Lanfranco finished third at Blenheim CCI3* in 2011 and tenth at Burghley CCI4* the following year.

    Their good form continued at CIC3* level last season, but Lanfranco became very upset in the dressage at four-star, scoring 80.8 at Luhmühlen and being retired in the first phase at Burghley.

    Fans were therefore interested to see how the horse went Andrew.

    At the time Bettina said: “He has not always been the easiest as he has struggled with his nerves at the big occasions but I have had some fabulous rides on him.”

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