Qredit Wins Intermediaire I Debut
The Florida show season is in full swing and Michael took Sternlicht and Qredit out again this past weekend. Sternlicht has his second weekend at Third Level and earned scores of 69% & 71%. While he was a little distracted on Saturday, we’re still very happy with the willingness he has for the more difficult work. A crowd seems to follow him wherever he goes and he loves the attention. Qredit had his Intermediaire I debut on Saturday and handily won with a 71.7% from his forward, flowing test. Sunday’s Developing Prix St. Georges also scored above 71% – a consistent performance throughout the weekend. One more show for these two at the very end of the month and then back home to Hilltop for the start of breeding season.
It is with a broken heart that we share the news of Royal Prince’s passing this week. Late in the afternoon of January 20th Royal Prince presented an acute colic and was immediately taken to New Bolton Center. Unfortunately due to complications discovered during surgery, the only humane choice was to euthanize him.
Any who has endured the loss of a horse can understand the sorrow and despair that descends like a shroud over everyone involved. Any who has witnessed a horse struggle through serious illness can understand how emotional it is to watch horses fight for their lives and how much respect such horses earn amongst their caregivers.
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Kristi Nunnink's default expression is a smile. It doesn't matter how hard she's working, what level she's riding or how the horse under her is performing -- her mouth curls faintly upward, unforced. It may just be a coincidence of facial structure, or it may be a product of years of habit. But either way, the expression fits her, because Nunnink may very well be the happiest rider at Rolex Kentucky. At 48, she's heading to her first CCI**** with her horse of a lifetime.
Wisconsin breeders work on one foal at a time. Shannon (a competitive dressage rider) and Doug Langer, DVD, (a partner of the Wisconsin Equine Clinic and Hospital) have bred Hanoverians for 10 years at their Maple Run Farm in Helenville, Wisconsin. They arrived on the international stage when their homebred Cabana Boy represented the United States at the 2007 World Young Horse Championships.