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VIDEO: Carol Lavell - The Gift of Gifted!

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  • VIDEO: Carol Lavell - The Gift of Gifted!

    This is my latest, thought I'd share it:


    I realize I haven't done many dressage vids, but my collection of 1990s American superhorses would not be complete without a tribute to the great GREAT Hanoverian dressage champion: Gifted!

    The Olympics, the World Championships, the World Equestrian Games, the Volvo World Cup, the North American Dressage Championships.... this 17.3hh leviathan not only competed, but MEDALED, in each and every one of them!

    His unique and prosperous partnership with Carol Lavell saw them win the 1991 US Dressage Federation's Horse of the Year award, and later a 1997 induction to the USDF Hall of Fame, upon his untimely death.

    Here in this clip though, he can be seen during happier times, performing a grand prix exhibition at the 1995 Washington International Horse Show. RIP.
    A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.

  • #2
    Egads! I'd forgotten, or have come more to appreciate, how well she rode that horse.


    • #3
      I was just talking about Gifted to some people who came to look at one of my horses. He was a magnificent horse, ridden by a beautiful rider and he really bucked the tradition of having no white on the legs. In the old days dressage horses were solid colours but Gifted with those gorgeous, bright stockings heralded a new era of chrome.

      Got to love that "G" line

      Erica H. Max
      Fire Hjorner Farm
      Breeders and Importers of Danish Warmbloods



      • #4
        I loved this horse! Carol really knew how to connect with him. And I especially love the size of his head, too, too adorable.

        Thanks for sharing the video.
        Hillary Rodham Clinton - the peoples choice for president.


        • Original Poster

          Originally posted by danskbreeder View Post
          a new era of chrome.
          Awesome phraseology!

          ...if I make another video of him, that's sure to the title!
          A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.


          • #6
            you appreciate how well she rides that horse considering she is SOOOOO petite and he is 17.3.
            "I'm holding out for the $100,000 Crossrail Classic in 2012." --mem
            "With all due respect.. may I suggest you take up Croquet?" --belambi
            Proud Member of the Opinionated Redhead Club!


            • #7
              Excuse the terrible editing/videoing etc but it does improve
              Gifteds freestyle


              • Original Poster

                Originally posted by belambi View Post
                Excuse the terrible editing/videoing etc but it does improve
                Gifteds freestyle
                Nice... never actually seen him freestyle.

                I LOVE the way he kicks out his front legs during his tempi changes. What an inspiration he was!
                A vaincre sans péril, on triomphe sans gloire.


                • #9
                  I'm so pleased I was able to see this horse in person.
                  Festival of Champs at Gladstone. 1997 I believe. : )
                  Horses are amazing athletes and make no mistake -- they are the stars of the show!