November 21, 2007

Eleanor Brennan
Picture: USEA

Tributes to British event rider Eleanor Brennan, who was killed last Saturday during a three-day-event in Florida, are flowing in to the US Eventing Association, the organisation says.

The association said that the tributes are from "those who knew her and who appreciated not only her talent as a rider, but also the outstanding qualities she possessed as a person. We share them here as a reminder of this young woman who touched the hearts of so many and who will never be forgotten."

"The most important thing we've all been talking about when sharing her memories is that in such a short time, in 21 years, she lived a huge life. She had this incredible passion for eventing. Nothing was going to stop her. She knew what she wanted to do and she filled her passion with the most incredible determination and joy. We were so happy that she came to Plain Dealing. It was really exciting for all of us because she was such fun to be around. Having her back was wonderful." Linda Wachtmeister

"Eleanor was a really positive person, diligent, hardworking, and an excellent student. I enjoyed every moment that we spent together and her focus was always on improving her riding skills. Her record of completing both Bramham and Badminton on her lovely horse Bailey testify to her dedication. There will be a huge void in the eventing world as she was full of fun and was a joy to be around." Stephen Bradley

"I had the privilege to teach Eleanor on a couple of occasions and found her to be a lovely person who was dedicated to her horse, the sport, and improving her riding. I will remember Eleanor for these qualities and for her fun loving spirit. My condolences to her family and friends for their tragic loss." Phillip Dutton

"It is always tragic when something like this happens. My condolences go to her family and friends. She was a lovely, charming young lady and a good rider." Yogi Breisner (British Eventing Team Manager)

"What a tragic loss for the sport and her family. Eleanor was always a very positive and confident person. She was somebody who was always looking forward and loved what she did." Kim Severson