It is a new major milestone in Gregory’s career with the sale of his crack Conrad de Hus, who will join another of his previous horses, Copin van de Broy. He will be ridden from now on by Quentin Judge.
“I see Conrad’s departure with mitigated sentiment. On one hand, I am sad and disappointed to lose such an exceptional horse, who allowed me to realize the best season of my career last year, and in particular this medal in Aachen. On the other hand, it’s always been Xavier-Marie’s wish and so I have a feeling of mission accomplished. I prefer to see the situation this way, I’ve been privileged that his owner trusted me by keeping him for such a long time and that I could count on him for 3 whole seasons at the top level. We all know that we have the obligation to sell regularly “to make business run” and it is part of our sport. We have to be prepared for such departures. Even if it is clear that in the present case, it is not very convenient. I am of course very happy to know that he will join a stable where I know he will be very well treated, because he truly deserves it. In 2014, he allowed me to realize a double clear round in the Nations Cup in Aachen, with a victory in the end, and to take part to the World Championship in Caen with a spot in the final. Then in 2015, I won the GP5* in Chantilly, the Nations Cup in St Gall, as well as the big final in Barcelona by realizing the only double clear round of that course. I also finished 4th in Bales and 6th in Calgary. And there’s also of course my silver medal in Aachen during the summer.
This year, he had just restarted competition in Oliva, after a few weeks of well deserved rest, and continued in the Sunshine Tour, with a come back in GP last week. I find him again in very good form and ready to run in big competitions. Conrad will nevertheless remain in my stables a few more weeks, to help his rider as much as I can with the transition. Moreover, I will still ride him “at home”, which makes me happy and somewhat reduces my pain to see him go. I thank the entire team who took excellent care of him during these 3 years, and contributed to his well being. I also thank of course the Haras de Hus for the trust they placed in me and the opportunity they offered me to ride such an incredible horse. I remember very vividly the first time I jumped with him at the Haras, I told Xavier and Gilles that I had not often ridden an 8-year old of this quality. And Conrad proved me right.”