Today we look back at a great American dressage partnership whose legacy lives on today.
Gifted was, in both spirit and stature, a giant of the sport. Standing 17.3 hands with four white stockings and a blaze, he cut quite the figure in the dressage ring, where he dazzled crowds with his power and surprising lightness. Carol Lavell purchased the Hanoverian in Germany as a 4-year-old and trained him up the levels, ultimately winning a team bronze medal in team dressage at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, together with Robert Dover, Charlotte Bredahl and Michael Poulin. Two years later, the pair helped procure another team bronze at the 1994 World Equestrian Games.
After Gifted passed away at age 17, a scholarship program was set up in his name to honor his memory. The Carol Lavell Gifted Fund provides nine scholarships each year to enable adult amateurs to set aside quality time, in concentrated training, with a horse they own, away from the daily pressures of job and family. Carol discusses her partnership with Gifted and the scholarship on the Dressage Radio Show here.
Carol and Gifted at Madison Square Garden, presented by:
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