The Friesian Grand Prix dressage stallion Wilke C van de Wijdewormer has passed away. He was 20 years old.
Wilke C van de Wijdewormer was by Fabe out of Silana (by Tjimmie). He was bred by Ed Constant and owned by Melanie Mouthaan.
Melanie discovered Wilke during a training week at Bartels Academy in 2007. The then 8-year old Wilke was co-owned by the Bartels family. At the time Tineke Bartels had fractured her neck and she was unsure if she could continue training Wilke. Melanie tried him out and it was love at first sight.
It took more than six years for the combination to gel as Wilke was known to anticipate the movements in the arena and would think ahead of his rider in the tests. When the horse turned 14 he truly started to work with Mouthaan.
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