Clarissa Crotta talks about two new exciting mounts, West Side’s return to training and the World Equestrian Games in 2014…

Clarissa and West Side in Doha, Qatar for the Al Shaqab event earlier this year
Clarissa and West Side in Doha, Qatar for the Al Shaqab event earlier this year. It was during the Al Shaqab Grand Prix in Doha that West Side was injured

Clarissa Crotta enjoyed two new mounts this past week in Hanover, Germany. Originally ridden by Mexican rider Ariana Azcarraga, Be Bravo (Balou du Rouet) and Cornet’s Stern (Cornet Obolensky) will now been seen under Switzerland’s lady rider Clarissa Crotta.

“They came in my stables and Tuesday I had the opportunity to ride once before coming here. This is certainly a little fast as it is their first indoor competition of the season but they are two very good horses. Cornet’s Stern jumped very well yesterday as Be Congratulations was a little lost. Actually, I had already mounted Chi Kun there a few years ago for Ariana with good results at the end.”

“We had always maintained a friendship and after Zangersheide, Ariana and her partner Christophe Lemagne asked me to ride these two horses. Ariana starts to climb but we will see how changing a foot injury. It is also planned that I do some competition with his horse head Atlantus to restart it. This is a great opportunity for me to complete my post horses. ” said the Swiss rider, who starts up her top mount West Side van Meerputhoeve.

We spoke with the top Swiss lady-rider about what her plans are with her top mount West Side van Meerputhoeve for the remainder of this year and leading into 2014.

“I’m satisfied with Westi’s rehabilitation and his physical condition after the long break. We start now to build him up again. I will also take my time to make him fit for the first shows and we are sure that we will compete earliest in the beginning of 2014. The plan is to go to a tour over a few weeks with him, so that he can jump some small classes.”

“In 2014 I just want to have a good time with him and enjoy starting him on nice shows! If our results are good enough to qualify for the World Championships I would like to go there, but I don’t get overly exited about it! I just love my horse and look forward to our comeback on international level!”

Clarissa is also looking forward to the approval of its new star, Alpha Jordan Z. “I rarely say that, especially for a 5 year old because we know that the road is so long but I really think this is a real championship horse. Its only flaw is that it will be very difficult to keep because it has everything: it is respectful, he has blood is really great.”

Source: CK Sportpferde/Stud for Life