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Regal Grace
Mar. 5, 2010, 04:17 PM
Wow another great Event Horse has passed. It says something for the great care of these horses over their lifetime given that they competed in Long Format and lived into their 30yrs


http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/397/295684.html
Karen Dixon's brilliant eventer Get Smart was put down on Monday, 1 March, aged 30.

"He had no teeth left and was losing condition, but it was an awful decision to have to make," said Karen. "He was my soul-mate and best friend and did so much for me."


Karen and her mother Elaine Straker bought Get Smart as a four-year-old, with Jack and Beryl Brignall later joining Elaine as owners.


Karen rode him at the Pony Club Championships when he was five and he was 12th at Burghley as a seven-year-old in 1987. Fifth place at Badminton the following year sealed his Olympic selection for Seoul, where he was part of the silver medal-winning British team.


Get Smart also competed at the Barcelona Olympics in 1992, finishing sixth individually. His other team appearances for Britain garnered a world team gold and individual bronze (The Hague in 1994), a world team silver (Stockholm in 1990) and a European team gold and individual bronze (Punchestown in 1991).


Get Smart recorded six Badminton completions, finishing fifth (1988), sixth (1989), ninth (1990), 10th (1991), 18th (1993) and 10th (1994, pictured).


"He always went clear in the time across country, but he got wilder and wilder in the dressage because they paraded hounds across the park," said Karen. "That's why his best performances came abroad."


In all, Get Smart did 14 long format four-star events. He retired from eventing when he was 18 and was hacked out by Elaine Straker. Karen also got back into riding after the birth of her son Rory, now 11, by doing some team chasing and show jumping with him.


Get Smart is the second former top horse to be put down in the past two weeks following the loss of 1994 Badminton winner Horton Point.

3phase
Mar. 5, 2010, 05:16 PM
What an amazing horse!!! It was fantatic to watch this pair over the years!

Kanga
Mar. 5, 2010, 07:08 PM
Oh, Karen, I am so sorry for your loss BUT what a tribute to you for him living such a full, healthy life to 30 years old!!

Karen & Get Smart trained many years with my trainers in England (Jane & Christopher Bartle @ the Yorkshire Riding Centre), and I had the priviledge to watch many of her lessons. This was one special horse and what a special bond the 2 of them had.

I'm so sorry for you having to make that decision but what a great story you have with him....Please write a book one day, so that the world will know!!

lstevenson
Mar. 5, 2010, 09:27 PM
So sad! He was one of my all time favorites. :(

nature
Mar. 6, 2010, 08:17 AM
Oh, Karen, I am so sorry for your loss BUT what a tribute to you for him living such a full, healthy life to 30 years old!!

Karen & Get Smart trained many years with my trainers in England (Jane & Christopher Bartle @ the Yorkshire Riding Centre), and I had the priviledge to watch many of her lessons. This was one special horse and what a special bond the 2 of them had.

I'm so sorry for you having to make that decision but what a great story you have with him....Please write a book one day, so that the world will know!!

I was at YRC the summer of 93 doing my AI. I used to love to watch Karen and her horses train with Christopher. They were an amazing pair.