The Friesian Grand Prix dressage stallion Goffert 369 was euthanized on Feb. 13 following a colic attack. He was 13.
Goffert 369, or “Herbie,” completed his stallion performance test in 1997 and was sold to Iron Spring Farm in Coatesville, Pa., in 2002.
Under rider Belinda Nairn-Wertman, Herbie (Reitse—Nynke, Cobus) enjoyed multiple top-placed finishes, including a fourth in the prestigious Grand Prix freestyle at Devon (Pa.) in 2004.
“Hearing about his death was certainly a big shock,” said Nairn-Wertman, who rode Goffert for four years. “Having the privilege to ride him was a once-in-a-lifetime experience. I’ve never shared such a bond with a horse before.”
To commemorate Herbie’s successful career, Breyer made him the 2006 Friesian Horse of the Year model.
“Herbie was a very special horse in every way. He was not only an unforgettable Grand Prix performer and sire of champions, but also a real superstar. In Holland he was treated with respect and great admiration. He was one of a kind and we feel blessed for the time we had with him,” said Mary Alice Malone of Iron Spring Farm.