Serious injury for Dana Blue
Maikel van der Vleuten's mare, Dana Blue (Mister Blue) was in great shape all summer long in Saint-Tropez and was about to make the trip to Doha to participate in the CHI Al Shaqab and then, the following week, in the first stage of the Global Champions Tour. During the warm-up at the latter, the 13-year-old gray had a bad landing after an obstacle and fell. "Dana was very good when we started, but there was a misunderstanding before the double. I wanted to add an extra stride, but Dana didn't. We both had something different in mind. This can happen, Dana may have misjudged the obstacle. She took the call too soon, lost her balance and fell. It's bad luck, the injury is terrible", said the Dutch rider to Horses.nl.
Dana Blue was able to return to her stables where examinations were carried out. The mare fractured the knee of her right anterior. She will have to rest for several months before she can hope to compete again.
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