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received upon request, she had eyes only for Zulu. The 15.3 hand black stallion was described as having a positive attitude and being a lovely mover; however, it was his regal presence that attracted her. Armed with her nest egg, investment money she had made from selling a farm in Aiken, South Carolina, she traveled to Florida with trainer Tim Malin and a friend, Lisa, whose job was to be “a voice of reason.” Athene had only attended auctions where people were trying to get rid of horses, and this event presented an entirely different atmosphere. Hundreds of equestrian professionals and aficionados gathered around the arenas where the auction’s trainers as well as potential buyers rode the horses. Athene watched in dread as more and more riders waited to try out Zulu. She recalls, “Even with all of those people taking turns to ride him, he was so willing to please, so intelligent. He was spirited, but there was nothing aggressive about him.” When it was her trainer Tim’s turn, he began to put the horse through more difficult dressage movements, and Zulu responded so well that Athene tried to get Tim’s attention so he would stop showing him off. “I was so worried everyone would want Zulu as much as I did!”

“She readily agrees it was the most exciting, and possibly, most reckless, thing she has ever done.”

Prior to the actual auction, Athene spent time talking to

Zulu’s breeder, Cecilia Gonzaga, his Brazilian veterinarian and a Florida veterinarian who had completed a health examination on Zulu. “Because I was about to make the biggest investment of my life, it was comforting to confer with professionals who had intimate information about Zulu,” Athene reports. Each auction horse arrives with a complete set of x-rays and fully disclosed health records, and buyers are encouraged to make a private appointment to speak with the veterinarian. On the evening of the auction, Athene was a bundle of

nerves; yet, she sat through the charming entertainment and tried to eat dinner. Zulu was the fourth horse to be auctioned and the bidding seemed to take seconds. When the price climbed quickly to Athene’s maximum level, she raised her paddle and held her breath. Miraculously no one else topped her bid, and the stallion was hers! She readily agrees it was the most exciting, and possibly, most reckless, thing she has ever done.

Athene and Zulu during an obstacle course at the Festa Lusitana 2009 held at the Casa Lusitana, Tyngsboro MA.

Photos by Amy Cody

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