SpectraVET Classic Performance of the Week: Dorothy Crowell & Molokai

Last week the eventing world lost one of its great horses from the long format era. Molokai, here’s to you.

Top: Mo’s victory gallop at Rolex in 1998, via Eventing Nation.

Visionaire shared the news of his passing with Eventing Nation last week:

Molokaipassed away out in his Kentucky field at age 30. A 1983 bay Thoroughbred registered as Surf Scene (Hawaii–Pretty Copy), Mo was a fierce competitor in the ’90s taking his owner/rider Dorothy (Trapp) Crowell to the world’s biggest events. He earned individual silver at the 1994 World Equestrian Games in the Netherlands, and closed out his career with a second place at the 1998 Rolex CCI****. In between, he recorded top-10 finishes at Badminton and Burghley. Those that saw Mo on cross-country will never forget him–-brilliant and bold with an effortless gallop, he made the toughest four-star courses look easy….

I looked after Mo in his later years in life.  He always had a special aura about him; you looked into his eyes and saw greatness, wisdom, pride, and kindness.  He wasn’t a big horse– 16.2 at the wither, about 15.3 everywhere else–-but standing beside him you felt small.  When he walked into the barn, every horse hung his head out into the aisle, nickered and whinnied.  He was special, and everyone knew it.  He will be greatly missed.


Dorothy Crowell and Molokai gracing the cover of the Wheaties box. Photo via Eventing Nation.

Here is a video of Molokai running cross-country at Badminton Horse Trials in 1997. Presented by:


[John Crowell]

Go Molokai.


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