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Culpepper, Virginia, she shipped her Warmbloods about an hour away to the popular Capital Challenge Horse Show in Upper Marlboro, Maryland in early October. Ocean Park, her thirteen year old Swedish Warmblood

gelding, was scheduled to compete in the Amateur Owner Hunter 3’6” and over division later in the week. He had won numerous championships since Lynn purchased him as an eight year old, and he was even 2005 USEF Horse- of-the-Year in the Second Year Green division with Peter Pletcher. After arriving at the show grounds, Ocean Park was all settled in for the night—or so Lynn thought. Lynn too was settled in her hotel room that cool

October night when she got the call at about 9:00 p.m. “Ocean Park is choking; the vet is here and it’s pretty serious.” A friend of Lynn’s had come by Ocean Park’s stall and heard him choking, most likely on his evening grain. Making a mad dash back to the Prince George’s Equestrian Center, Lynn found the veterinarian on call working on him. They labored feverishly through the night to remove the blockage from his esophagus, inserting and removing tubes down his throat. Unfortunately, in the process material had gotten into Ocean Park’s lungs causing almost instant pneumonia. His breathing became very labored while an infection was already brewing. By early morning, the vet was very concerned about

the infection and recommended that Lynn use HEART to transport the gelding to the reputable Marion duPont Scott Equine Medical Center clear on the other side of Washington D.C. in Leesburg Virginia. “I was so grateful that HEART was able to step in and transport Ocean Park for me,” Lynn says. “I didn’t know the area, plus we had to travel such a long distance through the D.C. traffic, that it was a total relief for me to follow the ambulance to the clinic. HEART took incredible care of Ocean Park during the transport.” Ocean Park’s lungs were

in serious condition but fortunately not permanently damaged and he remained two weeks at the Leesburg clinic. From there he was moved to another rehabilitation

Right: Young rider Lucy Blundon and Mr. Incredible showing in Wellington, Florida in

2008. Photo courtesy of

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farm in Virginia where he stayed yet another four weeks. His recuperation took a total of six weeks and it was quite an ordeal, reports Lynn. “I am so grateful that HEART was at the show to help. In fact, as president of The Pin Oak Charity Horse Show in Texas, the first show to receive the “Heritage Show Designation” from USEF and a large USEF AA rated hunter and jumper show, I would love to have the same service and support for the equines competing here. I think we owe our equine companions that level of support if they should ever need it.”


Nita Blundon of Chevy Chase, Maryland is a “show mom.” Like many parents, she’s been supporting her daughter’s passion for horses for years. At age seven, her daughter Lucy began showing in pony hunters, later progressing to junior hunters, equitation and eventually entering the jumpers. Last year in 2008, Lucy, at age 16, enjoyed competing her Holsteiner gelding Mr. Incredible. Known as “Elmo” around the barn, he was a perfect gentleman— sweet, calm, quiet—a real favorite with the grooms. In the show ring, however, he was feisty and competitive— “a real fighter” according to the Blundons. Together Lucy and Elmo were competing at the popular

Hampton Classic on Long Island in late August 2008 in Low Junior Jumpers. For the spectators close to the arena, including Lucy’s trainers, Marilyn Little-Merideth and Lynn Little from Raylan Farms, it was a sound they’ll never forget. Elmo soared over a jump, clean Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68  |  Page 69  |  Page 70  |  Page 71  |  Page 72  |  Page 73  |  Page 74  |  Page 75  |  Page 76
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