Bonfire

po_Bonfire-horseBonfire (March 21, 1983 – October 28, 2013), full name Gestion Bonfire, was an Oldenburg gelding that competed in dressage with Dutch rider Anky van Grunsven.

Between 1991 and 2000, the pair competed in multiple national and international championships, including three Olympic Games and two World Equestrian Games. They won one gold medal and four silver medals at the Olympics and one gold and three silvers at the World Equestrian Games. Although known for having a hot temperament, Bonfire mellowed as he aged, becoming one of Van Grunsven’s best horses – until she found his replacement, Salinero, she did not think she would ever find a horse to match Bonfire’s talent. A statue of Bonfire stands in Van Grunsven’s home town of Erp.