Cassini Z retires from sport at the age of 14

07 December 2021

Cassini Z (Cassini II) has been off the international scene since last July, but recently appeared in a photo posted by Ann Thompson in a Corotoman Farm meadow, USA. His owner announced that the 14-year-old bay was done with the sport. "Cassini Z home at Corotoman Farm retired with new friends. Thank you buddy for everything!", she said.

His last competition was at the CSI3* in Knokke in July with Sienna Charles.

Born to Leslie Carter in the United States, the gelding was originally named Chapel Hill. With the American rider, he began his training before joining Bowers and Mac Cone at the age of 5. In fact, it was with the latter that he took his first steps at the top level in 2015 before catching the eye of Darragh Kenny. A year later, and after discussions with his sponsor at the time Ann Thompson, Cassini Z was purchased and joined the Irish rider's stables. With him, he rode the most beautiful arenas such as Geneva, Spruce Meadows, Mexico City and Miami and won seven times, including the 3* Grand Prix in Wellington and two 1.55m events at the CSI5* in London and Madrid. Their journey together came to a halt when Ann Thompson ended her collaboration with Darragh Kenny in September last year. The American decided to scatter her horses among the younger generation. Cassini Z joined the British Charles family, as did Romeo 88 (Contact vd Heffinck). Since this change of saddle, the gelding has competed with Harry and his little sister Sienna in 1.35-45m events before retiring.

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