Watermill Scandic Closes Career in Winning Form

Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic

June 9, 2016 – Swedish Olympian Patrik Kittel has retired his longtime partner Watermill Scandic. The 17-year-old KWPN stallion, a veteran of many Swedish teams, ended his career in fitting style with a victory in the Swedish national championships, June 3-6 in Stromsholm. It was the second national title for Scandic.

“The moment was right… and I wanted Scandic to go out as the champion he truly is!” Kittel wrote in a tribute to the horse on his website. “After winning Scandic’s 2nd Swedish Championship, it many ways it was an easy decision to make… but in others a very difficult one.”

Scandic (Solos Carex-Noraline, Amiral) was bred in the Netherlands. When owners Jan Greve and Anneke Vellekoop were looking for a rider for him, they had Kittel sit on him, and the match was made.

“The rest is history, with Scandic and I forming a very special bond that has taken us on a journey of highs and lows and bringing together friends for life,” Kittel wrote.

Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic. Photo by Shannon Brinkman.

Scandic’s long career at Grand Prix included many highlights. He represented Sweden with Kittel at the 2010 and 2014 World Equestrian Games as well as the 2012 Olympic Games (where he placed in the top 15 in all three tests). At the 2011 European Championships, he and Kittel won an individual bronze medal, finishing behind only Adelinde Cornelissen on Jerich Parzival and Carl Hester on Uthopia.

Contesting four World Cup Finals over seven years, Scandic finished third in the Grand Prix and fourth in the Grand Prix Freestyle at the 2016 Final in Gothenburg, his last international competition. He simultaneously maintained a successful career at stud.

“He is such a unique, larger than life individual, and I love him for that,” Kittel wrote. “He has (been), and will always be, his own person. Strong willed, stubborn, cheeky, charismatic – my wife would say we are two of the same – and it’s true.”

A retirement ceremony for Scandic will be held in early July at the Falsterbo Horse Show.

“Whilst the Swedish Championships was his last competition, it feels fitting to give him the send off he deserves, and will no doubt enjoy!” Kittel concluded. “So thanks for the ride Scandi man! Happy retirement!”

Patrik Kittel and Watermill Scandic

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