Olympic Equador, show jumping com-petitor in the 1992 Barcelona Olympics for South Korea, was euthanized on May 16 due to failing health. He was 30.
Hak Ja Han Moon, wife of the Rev. Sun Myang Moon, brought “Duckie” to the United States from the Netherlands in early 1992 for their daughter Un Jin Moon. The German-bred Hanoverian and Moon clicked, immediately qualifying to represent South Korea at the Olympics where they finished as their country’s highest scoring horse and rider.
Duckie and Moon went on to qualify for the 1996 Atlanta Olympics, but the pair was sidelined when the gelding suffered a suspensory injury just two months before the event. After 18 months of rehabilitation at his home at New Hope Farms in Port Jervis, N.Y., Duckie returned to the show jumping arena with Robin Fairclough aboard. The pair won the $35,000 HITS Grand Prix (N.Y.) in 1997 before he re-injured his leg 11⁄2 years later.
At the behest of the Moon family, Duckie retired to New Hope Farms where he lived out his days in luxury and comfort. “Equador was the embodiment of heart,” said Lesa Ellanson of New Hope Farms. “He continually gave his all in the show ring. He maintained his gentle dignity in retirement and displayed his classic bravery at the very end.”