Rodrigo Pessoa Reunites With Citizenguard Cadjanine Z in Time for Florida


Citizenguard Cadjanine Z is back with rider Rodrigo Pessoa, nearly two years after the horse was pulled from his stable after a memorable parting of ways with owner Alain Van Campenhoudt.

Pessoa described the 13-year-old Zangersheide mare (Canabis Z x Feinschnitt I Z) as “special” when he campaigned her to successful placings and a notable CSI4*-W win early in the 2014 season. However, when Pessoa refused to bow to pressure in the spring of 2014 to confirm that the mare would be his chosen 2014 World Equestrian Games mount, noting that it was too early to tell if she would be ready, Van Campenhoudt pulled Cadjanine from Pessoa’s stable.

Citizenguard Cadjanine Z did go on to compete at the 2014 WEG, under Syrian rider Amre Hamcho. The pair finished in 90th place.

Since then the mare has seen the saddle of several riders, most notably Belgian’s Constant Van Paesschen, and Elodie Laborde of France.

Last week we spoke to Pessoa about his plans to qualify for Rio with his current string of horses. You can read that interview here. Pessoa’s horses, including Cadjanine, have already traveled to their winter base in Wellington, Florida to enjoy a break before beginning the winter competition season. As of November 4th, 2015, Cadjanine Z’s ownership had been amended to include Pessoa, perhaps signifying a new chapter in the mare’s career, as she returns to the rider with whom she was most successful.