More Magic, a successful Grand Prix dressage horse, died on May 12 of cancer. He was 17.
A dark bay Westphalian gelding by Maraschino, More Magic was bred in Germany and trained to the Grand Prix level by Coby van Baalen. Olympic veteran Christine Traurig took over the ride in 2003 and competed him successfully in Europe for owner Dan Trierweiler until she moved back to the United States at the end of 2005.
Bethany Peslar, 27, Wellington, Fla., took over More Magic’s ownership in the spring of 2006. Together, the pair contested many Fédération Equestre Internationale competitions and won many awards, including the 2006 USET Foundation Festival of Champions National Young Adult Brentina Cup reserve championship.
They also placed second in the Grand Prix Special at the 2007 Saugerties CDI (N.Y.), third in the Special at Dressage At Devon (Pa.) in 2007, and were second in the Special at the prestigious Palm Beach Dressage Derby (Fla.) in February of this year.