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Horse of the Month for March, 2018 - Hanovarian

Horse of the month for March 2018
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Brentina a Hanoverian mare, owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas and her rider Debbie McDonald
made dressage history, in fact a number of times.

This 16-2 hand, chestnut Hanoverian mare and Ms. McDonald became the first U.S. equestrian double gold medalist at the Pan American Games since 1983.  In 2002 they received a team silver medal and finished fourth individually, World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.

At the 2003 FEI World Cup Final, in Gothenburg, Sweden,
Brentina became the first American horse to win the FEI World Cup Final.

The dynamic pair took third at the 2005 World Cup Final in Las Vegas. At the 2004 Olympic Games Brentina and Debbie lead the U.S. team to a bronze medal and took fourth individually. ¬†And, she wrapped up her historical career by representing the U.S. at the 2008 Olympic Games in Hong Kong. Brentina was named the inaugural USEF Horse of the Year in 2005 and inducted into the Roemer Foundation USDF Hall of Fame in 2009. A dressage program was named in her honor.

And quoting Debbie McDonald, "I have never had a horse that was willing to come to work every single day, I give that mare the credit. What she gives on a daily basis is amazing."

Horse of the month for March 2018

Horse of the month for March 2018
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Debbie McDonald and Brentina at the 2006 World Equestrian Games

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