In a statement released via his official Facebook page on Monday, February 12, 2018, Belgium’s Jérôme Guéry announced that his partner of three years, Grand Cru Van De Rozenberg will now be ridden under Spain’s Pilar Cordon:
“Life advances and a page turns… it’s with a lot of emotions that Grand Cru just left our stables.
I thank the life for putting on my way this truly fantastic horse that brought me and all my team, so much joy and happiness…… thank you, thank you all who were present during this beautiful adventure.
Grand Cru goes to other horizons under Pilar Cordon’s saddle, which I am sure will give him all the affection and understanding he deserves.
Great Cru has given us unforgettable moments, including his victories in the GP of La Baule and Miami, the final of the Rio games, 11th of the European Championships….. and many other fantastic results.
All these moments were possible thanks to him but also thanks to many other people who supported us, helped and who took care of him in order to live and share all these incredible moments of life together.
Thank you all from the bottom of my heart.
Thank you great Cru, we wish you to continue to radiate joy and happiness around you.”
The 12-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Malito De Reve x Duchesse Van De Rozenberg) was purchased and produced by Guéry and his team, developing him from the 1.20m all the way to the Olympic level.
Together, their progression through the sport has included career milestones such as the win of the €200,000 Grand Prix Longines Ville de La Baule CSIO5* in May 2016, a successful showing at the 2016 Rio Olympic Games, the €300,000 LGCT Grand Prix of Miami in April 2017, and an impressive individual 11th placing at the 2017 European Championships in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Elite ability and unmistakable looks of a piercing blue eye and a beautiful chestnut coat splashed with chrome legs make Grand Cru a crowd favorite and a joy to watch in the ring.
Congratulations to Guéry on a beautiful and successful partnership with this talented horse and all the luck and good wishes to Spain’s Pilar Cordon on this new chapter with Grand Cru Van De Rozenburg.