Picsou du Chêne has just been retired
After several years under the saddle of Norway’s Eva Irene Ursin, Picsou du Chêne has finally retired from sport. The son of Le Tot de Semilly first competed internationally with Irish rider Olive Clarke, before joining the Swiss ranks. Under the saddle of Pius Schwizer, the Selle Français gelding reached the highest level, notably by placing fifth in the Bordeaux Grand Prix and the Rome CSIO5* in 2013. The pair also made it to the start of the World Cup Final in Gothenburg and the European Championships in Herning that same year. The chestnut changed jockeys but not nations, and joined Martin Fuchs' team in 2014, winning the six-bar event in St. Moritz and a 1.50m CSI5* event at the Gucci Masters in Paris.
Picsou du Chêne thus ends his sporting career with the Norwegian Eva Irene Ursin, with whom he participated in CSI2* and 3* events. Since August 2018, the gelding has not appeared in any competitions. "I made sure you have the perfect home for your retirement. I am so grateful for the 7 years we had together, even though I hand walked you for almost 5 years of that time. You are a true Champion with the best personality, and you made my dreams come true," said the rider on social media.
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