Breed Hanoverian
Sire Salieri
Grandsire Salvano
Dam Luna
Maternal grandsire Lungau
Sex Gelding
Foaled 1994, Germany
Country Netherlands
Colour Dark bay with star, large snip, socks on all four legs
Breeder Horst Bünger
Owner Sjef Janssen, Anky van Grunsven
Trainer Anky van Grunsven
Olympic medal record
2004 Athens Individual dressage
2008 Beijing Individual dressage
2008 Beijing Team dressage
2012 London Team dressage

IPS Salinero (formerly Keltec Salinero and Gestion Salinero) is a horse ridden by the Dutch equestrian Anky van Grunsven in the sport of dressage.

Salinero was expected to be a jumper, and is a full brother to Olympic show jumper Seven Up, but when Sjef Janssen noticed the potential the horse had for dressage, he purchased him for American Tess Guilder. After the gelding did well at the lower levels, Sjef and his wife Anky purchased him for themselves.

Anky van Grunsven has since achieved success with the gelding, winning the individual gold medal at the 2004 and 2008 Olympic Games and numerous international Grands Prix. On Salinero, she won the title at Aachen in 2004, making her the first Dutch rider to win there.

As of late 2008, Salinero competed under the name "IPS Salinero," changed from the former Gestion Salinero and Keltec Salinero.

Salinero is very sensitive, and during the earliest stages of his Grand Prix career he could get tense. However, as he has matured, the gelding has become more relaxed and his scores have improved. After his rides, Salinero is rewarded with bananas.

At age 16 (2010), Salinero retired from the big shows. However, injury to van Grunsven's IPS Upido caused her to bring Salinero back in her bid for the 2012 Olympics. Salinero's return to the big shows was at CDIO Saumur (26–29 April 2012), where the combination placed second.[1]

On June 24, 2012, Salinero and Anky van Grunsven were officially added to the 2012 Dutch Olympic Dressage Team along with Adelide Cornelissen (Parzival) and Edward Gal (Undercover).[2] Van Grunsven and Salinero turned in a performance that helped to capture the team bronze medal for the Netherlands on August 2, 2012, despite the fact that Van Grunsven's husband and national team coach, Sjef Janssen, had gotten violently ill the previous night. Salinero's last ride came at the Olympic Individual Dressage Competition on August 9, 2012. The 18-year-old horse posted a score of 82.000%, which earned sixth place overall. An emotional van Grunsven refused to leave Salinero's side long after the event completed. Salinero has retired to pasture at van Grunsven's residence in the Netherlands.


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