oorn Albert (NED) – Tobalio Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup CSIO La Baule 2013 © Dirk Caremans/FEI
After an excellent win for the Netherlands this weekend France, famed Dutchman and 2000 Olympic silver medallist Albert Voorn spoke with FEI yesterday in La Baule about his concerns for his horses after Eurocommerce financial difficulties.
“I called Mr Visser of Eurocommerce in 2011 and said I would like to be one of the riders to fulfill his ambitions. He didn’t think I was still riding, because I was then doing smaller competitions, but he said ‘absolutely, we are going to do it!’, and two weeks later he called me back. He had two horses that no-one else wanted to ride and he said you can have them and if you can’t fix them then I won’t keep them. Try them and if it doesn’t work out I will get other horses for you. So we did some shows at 1* and at 3* and then I joined the team for La Baule last year and we came second, and then I also competed at Hickstead and Dublin. But because of Mr Visser’s financial situation I maybe will lose my horses. I put a lot of time into them and emotionally I’m very attached to them. If they go to the Bank, they they will be put up for sale. So I don’t know about my future with them”, he explained.
Albert and his vivacious 13 year old Dutch bred gelding Tobalio, are well known through out the international circuit after great performances for the Netherlands over the last couple years. Tobalio is owned by Gevi International, which took over the ownership of many Eurocommerce horses in 2012. In addition to Tobalio, Albert’s Dutch-bred 12 year old gelding Lexington is also owned by Gevi International and part of the horses that Albert refers to.
While he waits to learn the fate of his trusty steads however, Albert will remain in competition. The charismatic Dutchman has high hopes for his countries chances throughout this inaugural Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup season. “We will try to get our Olympic team to St Gallen, Rotterdam and Aachen” he pointed out, “and I’m hoping to go to Falsterbo, Hickstead and Dublin.”