(Danish warmblood 2007 mare)
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.