The popular Grand Prix dressage horse Blue Hors Matine will not represent Denmark as expected in next month's European Dressage Championship in Italy. The mare was injured while being unloaded at the FEI World Cup at Las Vegas in April and has not sufficiently recovered, according to a statement by rider Andreas Helgstrand on the web site, eurodressage.com.
Helgstrand won the national championship in Denmark last week. He will be riding the Oldenburg stallion Blue Hors Don Schufro, a 14-year-old son of Donnerhall, in Italy and point Matine toward the 2008 Olympics in Hong Kong.
Meanwhile, Matine seems to have reached cult status over on youtube.com, where you can now watch 33 videos of her! One is a re-mix of her 2006 World Equestrian Games silver-medal dance-like- performance to the music of Bryan Adams.