The Swedish owned 10-year old Dutch warmblood gelding Chupa Chup AS has been sold to Japan as Yuko Kitai’s 2020 Tokyo Olympic hopeful.
Chupa Chup is bred by Orlanda Dragman in The Netherlands and is by Sorento x Fidermark. He was owned by Danish Patricia Florin.
The gelding made his show debut in Sweden under Moa Grodinger, but was also competed by Mads Hendeliowitz, and at small and big tour level by Danish Jacob Noerby Soerensen.
In 2017 the chestnut moved to Germany to Patrik Kittel’s stable to be sold. Swedish Grand Prix rider Malin Nilsson took on the ride and they made their debut at the national show in Ankum in October, where they won the Grand Prix. In June Jacob Noerby Sorensen climbed back on board and competed the horse at the CDI Uggerhalne, where he finished 14th in the Grand Prix with 66.840%. Chupa Chup was only competed twice in 2017.
The talented gelding has now been sold as Yuko Kitai’s Olympic hopeful. The horse will stay in Germany for further training by Kittel and Nilsson. The 44-year old Kitai is not an unfamiliar face to Patrik. He has coached her on Rambo (by Nactus x Ganesco) to the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong, where Kitai finished 44th in the Grand Prix.