Created: Wednesday, 26 September 2018 01:37
Written by Leslie Mintz
Lynn and the Donner Syndicate's Donner finish the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games at Tryon in 25th place.
After the conclusion of dressage, Lynn and Donner sat in 17th place (out of 83 horses) on a 28.3 - a personal best 4* score for the Deer!
"I really couldn’t be happier with what he did out there," said Lynn after her test. “I was worried in the beginning of the week that he wasn’t feeling well because he was so quiet in the jog and has been so quiet around here, but then yesterday afternoon I took him out and he started spinning and bolting so I knew he was feeling fine! I didn’t really think we’d be here 10 years ago when I bought him. I thought I’d make him a sales horse. He was a little hard to sell in the beginning because he was so quirky and I just kept going with him, and he’s been the same from Beginner Novice through the four-star level."
Lynn and Donner were the sole U.S. combination to go double-clear across the country. The pair crossed the finish line just four seconds under the optimum time to move from 18th place to ninth place on their dressage score of 28.3.
“My horse is pretty rad out there,” Lynn said with a grin. “I pretty much just soak up every moment. I’ve been with him a long time . . . It’s just so special to be here in front of the home crowd and getting cheered the whole way around, and come through the final – you couldn’t ask for more. He couldn’t have given me any more today.”
“You definitely feed off the crowd,” she continued. “Just to have that much cheering. It’s pretty special to be here in my home country. I have a lot of people that came out to support – it’s a pretty special opportunity.”
It was a bittersweet finish to the weekend for the Deer as he had three rails down. Not the result team USA hoped for, but this all American Thoroughbred still tried his heart out.
Thank you to every single supporter who helped get Donner to where he is today. Who would have thought a decade ago that this extremely quirky failed racehorse would go on to represent his country at two World Championships