New Zealand rider Clarke Johnstone had set his sights on once again with his best horse Balmoral feeling (see Senator VDL) to participate in the Olympic Games. After finishing sixth at the Rio Games, the rider had another chance to represent his country, now in Tokyo. But the 17-year-old gelding was injured during a national competition in Sydney and Johnstone had to decide to remove “Ritchie”.
Clarke Johnstone writes on Facebook: “At the age of almost 17 and after all the wonderful moments and memories he has given me, I made the very sad decision to end Ritchie’s successful career in the world. complete competition. I am deeply indebted to Ritchie and he has now returned home to New Zealand to enjoy the retirement he so deserved.
16 wins out of 35 starts
In the seven years that Clarke Johnstone has ridden on the New Zealand-born Balmoral Sensation, the duo have won a lot. Sixteen international victories out of 35 starts are at the origin of the name of the son of Senator VDL. The highlight of his career is certainly sixth place at the Rio Games. He finished the race with only one time error in the cross.
Fifth in badminton
The couple did the same in badminton the same year. There Johnstone and Ritchie finished fifth. The duo also won the CCI4 * (now 5 *) in Adelaide and also finished third there. Johnstone also became several times national champion with the horse.
Ritchie returns to his native New Zealand to enjoy his retirement.
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