Olympic Games 2008, Hong Kong (Beijing Games) August 2008, Jos Lansink (BEL) riding Cumano, Show jumping first qualifying round

A statement issued by the Lansink family today said; "Unfortunately, we had to say goodbye to Cumano today." According to Jos, "Cumano was one of the greatest horses I’ve ever ridden and had some of my most beautiful successes with. First place at the 2006 World Championships in Aachen, second at the European championships in 2007 in Mannheim, first (2004), second (2008) and third (2007) in the Grand Prix of Spruce Meadows... and many more. He was a horse who never gave up and never let me down.
After his sporting career, he was enjoying his well deserved retirement in the fields at my stables in Meeuwen. He was in the field day in and day out. Even when he was enjoying his retirement, he always showed that he was still the king. Thank you for everything, buddy. You’re not with us anymore, but you will live forever in our hearts."

Holsteiner Cumano (Cassini I - Chanell II x Landgraf I) was bred by Willy Luhrs in Germany, measuring 1m78, he was quite literally a giant among horses, but in so many ways. He was retired from sport in 2011 during the CHIO Aachen, the site of his greatest victory in 2006. His sire, Cassini, was a successful international jumper with Franke Sloothaak, while his dam descends from Landgraf I. From a young age, Cumano was noted for his incredible harmony, light-footed canter, and remarkable jumping ability that demonstrated impeccable technique. In 2004, Lansink and Cumano joined the Belgian team at the Athens 2004 Olympic Games (28th individually), then ranked ninth four years later at the Beijing 2008 OG in Hong Kong. At the end of his competitive career, Lansink said, "He has not always made things easy for me. He wanted to be the boss, after all he is also a stallion. But Cumany quickly accepted the fact that I am the boss in the ring, and he always fought for me with his whole heart."