Balagur, one of Russia's most successful Grand Prix dressage horses in the last two decades, has passed away today 10 December 2019. He was 29 years old.
Balagur was a 1990 born Orlov Trotter by Raskat out of Brusnika (by ). He was owned by Anatoly Balykin.
The grey began the sport career, his breed was destined to fulfill: trotting on the race track. Although he won two races, he wasn't fast enough and sold as a 3-year old to the mounted police in Nizhny Novgorod (formerly Gorki).
During one of his winter indoor training sessions, Russian dressage rider Alexandra Korelova spotted him as she shared the same indoor arena with the mounted police, but did not immediately recognize the horse's talent. It was former World and Olympic champion, the late Elena Petushkova, who spotted Balagur's talent, after seeing him in a competition at the Riding Club in Nizhny Novgorod as a “borrowed horse” under different riders.
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