U.S.-based Thai rider Nina Ligon has sold her London Olympic Games mount Butts Leon back to German rider Andreas Dibowski, whom she bought the gelding from in 2011.
Dibowski made the announcement on his website on Aug. 29, stating that there was always a possibility that Butts Leon could return to him. The Hanoverian gelding (Heraldik—Lillian, Star Regent) was bought back for Dibowski by Holger and Susanne Heigel, and the horse will enjoy some time off before competing again. Eventually, Dibowski’s daughter, Alina, will take over the ride.
“That was something we had discussed when I bought him. I was really happy that it ended up working out because they know him better than anyone else,” said Ligon.
Ligon, Esmont, Va., is headed to Stanford University (Calif.) and will take a break from riding until she knows how much free time she’ll have. “Our priority after the Games was to find the best possible homes for these horses because they’ve done so much for me,” said Ligon of her four advanced mounts.
Jazz King, who won the Pardubice CIC*** (Czech Republic) last year with Ligon, has been sold to Vermont-based eventer Rebekah Calder. “I wanted to find someone who can take him to a four-star because I think he can do it. He has a lot to offer someone,” said Ligon.
Tipperary Liadhnan, formerly evented at the four-star level by Kim Severson, was sold to Louis Rogers, an amateur from Virginia. He’ll serve as a schoolmaster.
Ligon has decided to keep Fernhill Fearless, her 2011 Jersey Fresh CCI*** (N.J.) runner-up. The gelding was injured in January and was ready to compete by July. He’ll stay in Southern Pines, N.C., with Natalie Varcoe-Cocks. Varcoe-Cocks will keep him in work until Ligon is ready to ride again.