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Sex: Gelding 

Breeding: Oldenburg (Laudabilis) 

Colour: Bay 

Owner: Mari, Nick and Sue Durward-Akhurst 

Lebensfreude (Bear) stands at 18.2 and is my BFG. 


We have had Bear since a five-year-old; he is such a kind horse and always tries his heart out. I have formed a very special bond with Bear over the years and he really enjoy competing. Bear also loves cuddles and kisses and not forgetting carrots; he is not a big fan of polos!  


Bear has been in Sky’s shadow, but we all know he is going to be my future superstar. With Bear being so big it has taken us a while to be able to form a bond and for me to be able to ride the required test movements. 8m circles on an 18.2 is not easy; it is like trying to turn the Titanic. But over the last year things have really fallen into place and I am looking forward to getting back inside the white boards next year and showing the judge’s what we can do. 


Major Achievements: 

  • Keysoe CPEDI3* 2020 placed  

  • Winter Para Dressage Gold Championships placed  

  • Gold Semi-Finals 2019 2nd 

  • Hartpury 3* International 2017 placed 

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