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April 22, 2011

Martha McDowell

Martha McDowell and Gaelic Marriage. Photo by Kat Netzler.

Stats: age 50, Billings, Mont.

Gaelic Marriage: dk. b. g., 16 hands, 14 years, Thoroughbred (Husband—Gail On The Run, Skip Trial), owned by rider.

After placing fourth in the CCI** at Galway Downs (Calif.) in 2008, winning a division of advanced at Galway Downs and placing sixth in the CCI** at Colorado Horse Park in 2009, this pair completed the Fair Hill CCI*** (Md.). Last year, they were ninth in the CCI*** at Galway Downs, 18th in The Event At Rebecca Farms CIC*** (Mont.) and 25th in the Richland Park CIC*** (Mich.). This spring, they were 10th in advanced divisions at Twin Rivers (Calif.) and Southern Pines II (N.C.).

Jimmy's Prediction: Martha has found the horse of a lifetime in Gaelic Marriage. They have quietly worked their way up through the ranks, and every time they have stepped up to the next level they have been equal to the task. As you watch this pair gallop past on Saturday, just remind yourself that horses can make your dreams come true: all you have to do is find one as cute as Gaelic Marriage.

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