Eventing stallions to vie for new Windfall trophy

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Windfall at the 2006 FEI World Cup of Eventing Finals in Malmo, Sweden.
Windfall and Darren Chiacchia at the 2006 FEI World Cup of Eventing Finals in Malmo, Sweden. © Tim Holekamp

An annual award for eventing stallions in the US has been established, with the aim of promoting the domestic breeding of horses for the sport.

The award is to be named in honour of Windfall, who is third on points in the history of eventing in the US. He helped the US team win bronze at the Olympic Games in Athens in 2004, and also won individual gold at the 2003 Pan-American Games, along with many other competitions during his lengthy career.

The Trakehner stallion, by Habicht and from the Madruzzo mare Windermaedel, was bred in Germany by Heinz Lembke and owned by Timothy Holekamp. He was ridden during his career by Ingrid Klimke and Darren Chiacchia.

Both his sire and his sire’s sire competed successfully in eventing for the German international team, and many of Windfall’s offspring are succeeding in the sport now. His son Tsetserleg, owned by Christine Turner and ridden by Michael Pollard, was the 2014 USEA Preliminary Horse of the Year.

Windfall will be officially retired at age 23 on April 26, 2015 in a ceremony at the Rolex CCI. He is still sound and ridden daily by his greatest fan and the person who trained and successfully competed him in 2013 at Grand Prix dressage, Tim’s wife, Cheryl Holekamp.

The new award, endowed by a group of supporters, will be given to the USEA-registered stallion who earns the most leaderboard points at Preliminary level and above.

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