Legendary breeder and owner Mrs. A.C. Randolph watched with an eagle eye as Nancy Baroody rode a small chestnut mare around the shed row of Randolph’s barn on a cold winter day. After a few turns around the barn, Randolph nodded. Baroody would do.
Pam Hall Mahony got a few odd looks as she hurried through the airport in her breeches, boots and show shirt on a spring day in the late 1970s. She was on her way to look at a horse, and she had no time to change from a day of showing.
What horse could be such a priority? Mahony’s trainer at the time, Ronnie Mutch, had gotten word that a very special Thoroughbred was up for sale, and he knew there wasn’t a moment to waste if Mahony wanted him.
Dianne Grod hooked her arms over the fence and called out, “Papa, Papa!” The big chestnut horse at the top of the hill lifted his head.
“Then he came running full tilt to me. I thought he was going to jump out; he went absolutely berserk when he heard me,” Grod said. She hadn’t seen The Godfather in more than five years, but the Thoroughbred remembered her. They’d both been through quite a bit in the time they were separated, but their bond, formed over many, many grand prix courses, remained.
It was one of the biggest weekends of equestrian sport as top riders from the three Olympic disciplines went head-to-head in the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** in Lexington, Ky., and the Rolex FEI Show Jumping World Cup Final and the Reem Acra FEI Dressage World Cup Final in Gothenburg, Sweden.
Jennie Brannigan announced the withdrawal of Cambalda from competition at Rolex Kentucky in a post on her Facebook page.
Cambalda was injured in a fall on concrete after getting loose while lunging on April 25, and while Brannigan and her support staff worked to get him comfortable, they made the decision that the horse's welfare dictacted withdrawal.
As a result of a massive rainstorm that flooded many parts of the Chicago area, on April 18 the hunter/jumper breeding farm Aliboo Farm in Minooka, Ill., had to evacuate all 21 horses off the property due to flooding.
The FTI Winter Equestrian Festival wrapped up in Wellington, Fla., with a big finale, the $500,000 FTI Consulting Grand Prix. Husband-and-wife duo Alvaro de Miranda and Athina Onassis de Miranda took center stage in the class, claiming first and third to conclude their first visit to the Florida circuit. British rider Ben Maher managed to ride Cella into second despite broken vertebrae in his lower back. Read all about it in Mollie Bailey’s coverage.