March 28, 1986 - July 3, 2003
Absalom was born at
Centaur. He was a sweet horse with
a big heart.
He amazed us all with his
presence and wonderful movement right from the start. Lynn Millar (Ian's wife) noticed him as a 2 year-old, was
impressed and predicted a big future for him.
In 1991 he cleaned up on
the Ontario Trillium Dressage circuit:
He won top score and show champion at numerous shows, including the
Trillium year-end championships. His
promising future in the show ring was cut short the following year. While trying to market him as a hunter,
he had a horrible accident in the warm-up ring of the Capital Classic. Another horse crashed into him,
knocking him to the ground. His back
and left hind leg were injured and he was plagued with on-and-off trouble in
that area for the rest of life.
Anyone who saw Absalom perform
on his good days, noticed him. He
was an inspiring presence. Ashley
Holzer (one of Canada's top riders, winner of a bronze Olympic medal, Shirley's
coach when Abs was young), loved his canter. She said he felt as balanced as her advanced horses.
Absalom taught many
students the finer points. He had lots
to teach: Absalom had been in
training with Tom Dvorak (another of Canada's team members) for a few years. Many will miss him.
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