Emanuel Andrade and Clouwni competing at the LGCT Miami, April 2015
The 13-year-old Holsteiner gelding Clouwni (Colman x La Zarras) will now be seen under the saddle of Todd Minikus of the United States. Clouwni was owned and most recently ridden by Venezuela’s Emanuel Andrade, who competed the chestnut gelding at the CSI4* and 5* level throughout 2015 and into this season.
Andrade worked to form a partnership with Clouwni and notched several top finishes that included a CSI3* victory in Lexington, Kentucky last spring. The young rider with aspirations to represent Venezuela in this year’s Rio Olympic Games –and the string of horses to do it– spoke candidly about why he parted ways with Clouwni.
“He’s an incredible horse but he was never my type.”
“He’s an incredible horse but he was never my type,” Andrade said. “I tried him for a year but he needs someone who can basically ride him better. I think he’s going to be really nice for Todd, and that it’s going to be a good partnership for sure.”
Clouwni was also known as AD Clouwni when owned by Doda de Miranda’s AD Sporthorses from 2013 – 2014. The Brazilian rider invested in Clouwni to support Marlon Modolo Zanotelli’s successful 2014 World Equestrian Games bid. Zanotelli rode Clouwni throughout 2013 and 2014, resulting in a strong performance at the 2014 WEG in Normandy, France, and the 2014 Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup Final CSIO4* in Barcelona, Spain.
Minikus, who has Olympic aspirations of his own, will now add Clouwni to his string of horses in order to better support his two top mounts Babalou 41 and Quality Girl.