Goodbye to Verdy Tennessee: An ode to a special horse, and that’s it | Brabant inner

Brabant innerThe public at the Indoor Brabant can once again enjoy the splendor of the top horse Verdi TN. The ‘pensionado’ won’t take any hits at Brabanthallen on Sunday, just receiving thanks.

Verdi TN has never been installed in Schijndel or meadow immersion in Dungensesteeg. However, Kees van den Oetelaar has a special relationship with the 20-year-old stallion that has captivated Dutch equestrian enthusiasts for years. It will be an emotional moment for the 61-year-old when Brabanthallen bids farewell to one of the most successful exhibition jumpers in Dutch history during the Indoor Brabant on Sunday.

“He is a special horse. He has run two Olympics, a European Championship, the World Cup. And you always come home with medals. Nice that it also belongs to an owner from Schijndel, right? This is a real horse village.”

made in made

At home, Van den Oetelaar passionately talks about his “masterpiece”. “Bought it when it was a few hours old. At Denis Musterd in Made. He basically made it. Yes, made-in. And I sold it back half to Henk Nijhof. He has a large breeding stable in Geesteren with 150 foals a year. Verdi has done well. The first four years. This is also the best for a horse to be raised among others. We have some ponies here, but not in such numbers.” TN in his name means Team Nijhof.


As a pony, it was clear to me that he was a special horse

Kees van den Outtelar (61)

When it turns out he’s a special horse? Even if it was a foal, because he was next to a great stallion. The father, Quidam de Revel, was the best stallion in the world at the time, and the dam, Clarissa, was a perfect fit. In principle, a winning combination, but of course it still has to work well.”

Prominent figure

When four-year-old Verdi moved to Springstall van der Vleuten in Mierlo, Michael, the son of the house, became the regular jockey. “They had grown up together. That was the power of this mix. From nothing to the top. Maikel had little or no experience with big horses, and he ditched the ponies. That was very dangerous: Michael was still small and Ferdy too. And he was a stallion. Those Tough. We knew he had a fine character. What does that mean? Honestly. As a horse, you often have the opportunity to bring down a rider. A horse is not a machine. And a horse is big and powerful. If you want to have that on your side, you should think about it for a while. the time “.

Case Van den Outtelar

“Verdi has something that no other horse has,” van den Autelaar continues to praise. The more difficult the courses, the easier it is to think about it. Another horse gets a little nervous, and Verdi remains calm. Also while traveling. If you’re winding yourself up for eight hours on the plane to Calgary, you can’t offer such a course. Then Verdi thought: “Keep calm, because I must perform immediately.”

Millions of commandments

If we want to sell it well. Millions were given. Already when he was 5 years old. And later for more. At the age of nine and ten, Verdi was one of the best horses in the world. Until then it was a legend. “The right time for a horse dealer to withdraw money. Yes, but we didn’t think about it for a second. Not even now that he’s twenty. I don’t know if we did the right thing.”

The last time Maikel van der Vleuten competed with Verdi TN was during The Dutch Masters - Indoor Brabant in 2019.
The last time Maikel van der Vleuten competed with Verdi TN was during The Dutch Masters – Indoor Brabant in 2019. © DigiShots

“Oh, what’s so important in life? If you’re really excited, you’ll also bond with a horse. Just like everyone else has a dog, you don’t sell it either, right? Verdi is a family horse for Van der Vleuten, Nijhof and Van den Oetelaar. We all We thought the same about it. If you weren’t on the same page, you wouldn’t have been in business together for forty years.”


Even a day before he left for the Olympics, he was still mating

Case Van den Outtelar

And, as one of the few horses in the sport, he also had to cover mares every week. It is very difficult to combine that, even if by ki (IVF, ed.). Even a day before he left for the Olympics, he was still mating. Verdi was still active in the best sports at an advanced age and conducted the fattest competitions in the world against his children. It’s almost impossible to explain what kind of kick you get as a breeder from this. This has absolutely nothing to do with money. I hope it lasts another ten years or so. Then we can buy other horses for the horse fee of Verdi that we are trying to reach.”

Noun: VDL Groep Verdi TN
Boy: 2002
Gender: stallion
a race: KWPN
family: Quidam de Reville (father) and Clarissa (mother)
Rider: Michael van der Vleuten
owner: Stal van der Vleuten, Team Nijhof, CAM van den Oetelaar
main achievements:

2012: Team silver at the London Olympics
2014: Team gold at the World Equestrian Games (Equestrian World Championships) in Caen
2014: The team’s golden final in the FIFA World Cup in Barcelona
2015: Gold medal at the European Championships in Aachen
2016: 7th place with the Netherlands at the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro

Other: grand prize winner ao. Salzburg, Lyon, Lumen, Madrid, Doha and Verona.

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