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Brentina (2009)

In recognition of her legendary record as one of the most successful U.S. dressage horses in history. The 16-2 hand Hanoverian mare was the first American horse to win the FEI World Cup (2003), led the U.S. to team silver (2002) and team bronze (2006) at the World Equestrian Games, and team bronze at the 2004 Olympics. She was the 2005 Farnam/Platform USEF Horse of the Year and won individual and team gold at the 1999 Pan Am Games.

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Our second inductee into the Hall of Fame is Brentina, in recognition of her legendary record as one of the most successful U.S. dressage horses in history. The fabulous 16-2 hand, chestnut Hanoverian mare, owned by Parry and Peggy Thomas, and ridden by Debbie McDonald, has been an inspiration to riders, spectators, and fans who have avidly followed her career. Brentina has become our National Treasure, and has been, and remains, an Ambassador for the sport of dressage at home and abroad. She and Debbie raised the bar for U.S. Dressage with the scores she attained in the competition ring. Although her competitive career has been outstanding, it pales compared to the emotional impact she has had on her enormous fan base. Her electrifying magnetism and tremendous athletic prowess have wooed her into the hearts of dressage enthusiasts. Her success is due in part to her excellent work ethic and the partnership she shares with her rider.
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