I've always loved Matine, it's too bad about what happened to her.
In interviews after his ride, Andreas said (in Danish) that he was actually riding her cautiously through the whole of the 2006 WEG. She was nervous as it was her first international show in such a huge ring with so many hundred thousands of people. You can even see for yourself - how she hesitated going near the edges of the arena and got a little perky with her ears.
But I'll never forget the big hug he gives her at the end!
If you're interested, Andreas is not riding for BlueHors anymore (I believe the deal ended in the same year that Matine was injured), but instead for Tørvesletten
(the website is in Danish, but it's pretty easy to navigate - lot's of pictures and video). The five year-old Stamina is a really nice prospect. Video at Falsterbo Horse Show
- nice salute! Video at Verden, Germany
- in a stylish bowler hat?
(Andreas has improved his seat and legs, as you can see - not so much his hands!)