One of the best vaulting horses left this world this week. The French gelding Watriano died yesterday.
Born on April 26, 1999, he competed until April of this year. He was supposed to enjoy his retirement since then. At his final international competition in Ermelo he still reached a horse score of 8,485 with his lunger Fabrice Holzberger and Clement Taillez as vaulter.
Many people from different nations wrote nice words on Facebook. We saw something like this for Jarl, a Danish horse. But this time not only people who vaulted with him expressed their sympathy, but also many fans. Kerstin Bock, who also trains good vaulting horses, posted a picture when she was riding next to Watriano with the text:
The greatest vaulting horse in history has left this world! Me and Fuchs have always been admirer. Run free, Watriano.
We will miss seeing you
Other wishes to the family Taillez and Watriano’s caretakers came from Equipes de France, Mathieu Becht, Club Kirchwerder, Compagnie Noroc, Jumping Vaulting Team, Vincent Haennel, Pascale Vacher, Thomas Stoehr, … To remember Watriano who won the title “best horse” many times we collected some videos including his 5 bronce medals at championships:
- 2009: 3rd place at the European championships in Sweden with Vincent Haennel and Frabrice Holzberger. Video on the page of Marc Schuirmann.
- 2010: Freestyle at the WEG in Lexington, USA, with the team France and Fabrice Holzberger.
- 2012: 3rd place at the world championships in Le Mans, France with the Team France and Fabrice Holzberger.
- 2013: 3rd place at the European championships in Ebreichsdorf, Austria with the team France and Fabrice Holzberger.
- 2014: another bronce medal at the WEG in Caen, France with Ecuries de la Cigogne and Fabrice Holzberger.
- 2015: The final bronce medal at the European championships in Aachen, Germany with Ecuries de la Cigogne and Fabrice Holzberger.