There is another piece to the story. I worked for Suzie LeRoy's mother at the time Suzie had Valor and took care of him for many of Suzie's early wins on him. I was a close friend of Hans' and knew about the hiding of Valor during the auction. Then, by happy coincidence, I was at Sandron when Pam and Valor came to ride with Joe and Conrad. I got to take care if this wonderful horse yet again. He really was exceptional.
LH - when I first read this article I noticed a mistake. They said in 1969 Valor moved to California but considering he was "king of hunters in the 70s" I said, hmm that's not right! Glad Molly changed it!
What a truly awesome story and what a great horse.
IIRC, she had a relatively young horse that wrecked bad at a show and put her in the hospital for some time. She was back after she was off the real good stuff and lucid for awhile, maybe on and off for about a year then sort of vanished. That was awhile back.
Miss her posts...actually knew her back when and worked at Disneyland at the same time and in the same area. Hope she is OK.
When opportunity knocks it's wearing overalls and looks like work.
I tried to post about this fabulous article the other day, but COTH was having technical difficulties, so I gave up. I knew most of the story about Valor and Pam, but was absolutely tickled pink to see this!
And I was just thinking about Merry and Beezer the other day, because I, too, have an OTTB who is a graduate of Goofball U!
Life would be infinitely better if pinatas suddenly appeared throughout the day.