World Championships for Young Horses Lanaken, 1997, Nathalie van de Mei (NED) riding Kigali

At the age of 26, the KWPN stallion Kigali (Wolfgang x Voltaire) had died from heart failure. He was bred by H. J. M. Huis in 't Veld from Lettele in the Netherlands out of Finesse (Voltaire x Gag xx) who successfully jumped 1m60 classes with Emile Hendrix. With such an interesting sporting pedigree, Kigali was one of the very few stallions who reached the top in both showjumping and dressage. Ridden, by Nathalie van der Meij Kigali claimed the world championship title for young horses at the age of five (see photo/Peter Llewellyn). Seven years later his dressage career was launched at the stables of Coby van Baalen, who recalls; "At the beginning of his transformation into a dressage horse, it was quite funny at horses hows as he recognized the sound of the ringing bell and immediately became very eager". Intelligent and work-willing, Marlies van Baalen rode Kigali in the 2007 World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. After that Marrigje van Baalen also found Kigali the ideal schoolmaster for GP U25. In his final years Kigali enjoyed a happy retirement at Beligneux Le Haras, the home of Drs. Frederic and Frederique Neyrat in France. Kigali was approved for both KWPN and SF and leaves one AES licensed son, Papillon (Kigali x Sebstiaan).