Athene Lin­de­b­jerg

(Dan­ish warm­blood 2007 mare)

Horse & Hound - - Breeding -

BREEDER: Ulla and Kris­tian Bech, Stut­teri Lin­de­b­jerg, Den­mark

OWNER: Diane Red­fern

RIDER: Julie Payne

THE Dan­ish-bred mare Athene Lin­de­b­jerg is the world’s lead­ing horse in para dres­sage. From 54 starts, Athene has been beaten on only three oc­ca­sions. With So­phie Chris­tiansen, she won three Par­a­lympic gold medals and, last year with Julie Payne (pic­tured), three Euro­pean golds.

Her vic­to­ries also in­clude the na­tional el­e­men­tary cham­pi­onships in 2014 rid­den by Jess Thomp­son, head girl to Michel and Mette As­souline, who sourced Athene for So­phie. Jess in­tro­duced Athene to the big­ger com­pe­ti­tion venues.

Athene is by the elite

Trakehner Gribaldi, sire of many out­stand­ing horses and stal­lions, in­clud­ing Toti­las, Unee BB, Painted Black and Wish Upon A Star. She is out of the Dan­ish warm­blood Al­berte (Lin­de­b­jerg) by the Dan­ish warm­blood Dia­mant, a son of the Dan­ish sire Di­a­mond, sire of the Bri­tish-based stal­lion De Beer.

Athene’s older half-sis­ter Alina (1998 by Michellino) was suc­cess­fully com­peted at grand prix for six sea­sons by Amer­i­can rider Ar­lène Page while older half­brother Heros Lin­de­b­jerg (2000 by Her­tug) com­petes in Ja­pan.

The Dan­ish At­terup­gaard stud has sev­eral mares from the same damline; many of their horses are de­scen­dants of Mar­lene (1988 by Mago xx), a daugh­ter of Au­rora and there­fore the half-sis­ter to Athene’s dam Al­berte.

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