In 2006, Andreas Helgstrand, a famous Danish dressage rider, competed in the World Equestrian Games with a gorgeous mare, named Blue Hors Matine. Their international fame began with this performance at Freestyle Final. The announcers were expecting something special from these two. However, they were blown away when their performance had taken a completely unexpected turn. Andreas Helgstrand and Blue Hors MatineThe received a Silver medal for it, but to this day, this is one of the most viewed equestrian videos on Youtube. Please, enjoy and SHARE.
The career of Blue Hors Matine was reminiscent of a shooting star: rising fast and bright, but then crashing down with a bang. Within one year she premiered at Grand Prix level and won individual silver and bronze at the 2006 World Equestrian Games. The mare competed successfully at a few more World Cup qualifiers in the winter of 2006-2007. And then her career ended. At the 2007 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas fate played a cruel joke on her. Matine had slipped off the trailer, which resulted in severe injuries. After that, she struggled to recover and never returned to the show ring. In August 2009, Matine was done fighting to get back to full health. She retired as a broodmare. Unfortunately, Matine didn’t get a chance to be inseminated. One day, a passer-by notified a staff member about something being very wrong with the grey horse in the field. Somehow, Matine had broken her left front leg at the knee. That tragic accident had put her life in jeopardy. The vet immediately diagnosed that there was no way possible to save her life. In August 2010, Blue Hors Matine was humanely put down. However, it warms our hearts to know that she got to spend her last days carefree, alongside her buddy, another retired team horse.