During the CHI Geneva, on Sunday, December 11th, the 16-year-old gelding Nino des Buissonnets (Kannan - Hermine du Prelet x Narcos II) will be retired from sport after making his final entrance into an international competition arena. The Grand Prix of Geneva, which Guerdat and Nino have won twice, will be end of a brilliant showjumping career: individual Olympic gold medalists in London 2012, sixth in Rio 2016 (first place after the first qualifying competition); back-to-back runners-up in World Cup finals (2012 and 2013); regular members of the Swiss Nations’ Cup team; and top-level successes too numerous to mention.
Bred by Nicolas and Caroline Deroubaix in Bondues, France, Nino began his career in 1m30 classes in 2008 under the saddle of Frenchman Guillaume Foutrier, with a win, a second and third place finishes at three-star level. Nino briefly passed through the hands of Germany’s Tim Hoster in 2010, also with a win – this time at 1m50. Guerdat’s enduring partnership with Nino began at the Amsterdam four-star CSI in January 2011 with no flutter of excitement (26th place and eliminated in two classes entered). The Spanish circuit early that same year saw the talent that was to emerge, although it was September before they posted their first win in a five-star CSI in Rio de Janeiro. Less than one year later, the pair left London with an Olympic gold medal.
It will undoubtedly be an emotional farewell for Guerdat to a horse that has become a household name in Switzerland.