Gregory Wathelet Announces Death of Top Horse Forlap

Forlap DC jumping at La Baule with Gregory Wathelet
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Saturday 06 January - 08h42 | Lucas Tracol

Gregory Wathelet Announces Death of Top Horse Forlap

On Thursday evening, it was obviously with a heavy heart that Belgian rider Grégory Wathelet announced the loss of his dear Forlap DC, put to sleep after complications which occurred during his convalescence following a fracture contracted in December. GRANDPRIX-Replay looks at the the brilliant career  of this tragic exceptional horse.

"Forlap I really love you so much ... I miss you so much already", said Grégory Wathelet onn his website. "There are destinies that are made and that we can not control!"

It is with these words that Grégory Wathelet began a poignant word addressed to his dear Forlap, who died at just 13 years old, the exceptional brown bay that had to be euthanised  when he was recovering from a fracture that occurred a month ago.

By his talent, his precocity, his personality, Forlap had left no amateur indifferent jumping in recent years. Unfortunately, fate has not been kind to this extraordinary son of Querlybet Hero. The Belgian rider had never hidden that Forlap held a special place in his heart. Arriving at his stables at seven years old, the horse had already displayed his extraordinary abilities by winning the national championship for that age group. At just eight years old, he allowed his rider to clinch the title of Belgian champion, before winning the Grand Prix CSI 5 * of La Coruna. But then acquired by Alexander Onyschenko, Forlap went under Ukrainian colors in 2014. First released in competition by Cassio Rivetti, the gelding also passed under the saddle of Daniel Deusser before returning a time to the orders of Rivetti and then finally be mounted by René Tebbel. Briefly previewed with one of the revelations of the year 2017, Laura Klaphake, Forlap  finally found himself back with Grégory Wathelet in December 2016 thanks to its acquisition by Judith Gölkel.

Reunited after more than two years of separation, the couple was quick to return in the honors. Ninth in the World Cup stage in Bordeaux last February , the Belgian and his protégé completed the indoor season by taking seventh place in the Longines World Cup final of Omaha. Forlap DC's last contest was at Doha last November, where he defended the colors of his team in the Global Champions League. Below you can see two videos of the horse at his brilliant best in Bordeaux and La Coruna.

At only thirteen, the exceptional Forlap DC was stopped in full return to his best, a tragic trajectory for a horse of exceptional quality.

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