Debbie McDonald’s Brentina passed away

Brentina (by Brentano II), the mare who became America’s favourite when she was ridden by Debbie McDonald at two Olympic Games and two World Equestrian Games, and became the first American world cup winner, has been euthanised at the age of 30 after she had difficulty standing up. The Hanoverian mare Brentina was born in 1991 at Wilhelm Rethorst in Germany. At the age of three she was bought for 150,000 Deutschmarks by Peggy Thomas. Brentina threw her owner off, but Thomas kept the mare for Debbie McDonald. McDonald had a successful career with Brentina. In 1999 the pair won gold at the Pan An Games, won team silver at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez de la Frontera and finished fourth individually, and in 2003 they were the first American combination to win the world cup finals. In 2004 there was team bronze at the Olympic Games in Athens and in 2006 team bronze at the World Equestrian Games in Aachen. Debbie McDonald told Dressage News: “This horse meant everything to me. Through the support of the Thomas family, and the training of my mentor Klaus Balkenhol, Brentina became my partner and she made my dressage career. And look what adventures we have had! We went, literally, all over the world. I am so proud of Brentina and how she contributed to put American dressage on the international map. She deserved the respect!” Brentina was inducted into the American Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2009, Brentina retired to The Irons Farm in Santa Barbara, California, where she lived like a queen until her death. “Our goal was always to make sure she never suffered,” McDonald says. “So, as hard as this is for all of us, we knew our only job was to make sure she was always comfortable and happy. It was the least we could do for a horse that has done so much for us. She doesn’t have to worry about a diet anymore, and she can have all the bananas she wants.”
Source / Dressage News

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