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The deal nearly collapsed when the pre-purchase exam vet was dismayed that the Irish farmer would let this three year old out of the country. The farmer tried to back out of the deal, but Kelly gathered all her young courage and reminded the farmer of his handshake agreement. For an additional $1,000 Euros he relented.

Pippa (steeplechaser Mark Twain x Ballinakill Popsy) has put together her team along with her expectations of their performances. “She is super opinionated,” says Andrea. “The girth has to be buckled even on both sides. She only likes certain saddle pads. She can’t stand the wind. She wants her environment just right and doesn’t want to be stabled next to someone that isn’t quiet. We’re picky who she trailers with. She expects everyone to manage the world around her,” laughs Andrea.

Her team consists of the three “mothers:”

Kelly: She knows every inch of Pippa and does all the care, the galloping, and the leg work. Pippa adores Kelly and only to Kelly does she extend the honor of a nicker. “Pippa has taught Kelly patience, to be a more listening and thoughtful rider, and not to be more emotional than the one she is sitting on,” says Andrea.

Mother Nancy: “We call her Pippa’s goat. Nancy never leaves her side and has a calming effect on the mare.” If at a show Nancy has some place else to be, Dougie Hannum of Four Star Equine Physical Therapy turns from a sponsor to a baby sitter. Pippa always has a person nearby.

Andrea: Andrea runs the show and the two are all busi- ness. “Pippa has tremendous respect for me. I don’t give her many treats. She gets a pat on the neck and is told she’s been a good girl. I’m the practical one. While Kelly shows me if a hair is out of place, I’m the one who says she’s fine.”

Further Pippa thrives on routine: the magnetic blanket twice a day and 30 minutes before she competes; grain four times a day; workout twice a day when preparing for a Three Day.

“If you’re lucky to get one like this girl in your lifetime, you do everything possible to make sure she’s happy and cared for.”

Pippa likes all three phases of three day eventing. “She never says no and has never let Kelly or me down. She goes down center line in dressage with a watch me atti- tude. She will walk calmly to the cross country until she’s in the start box. Then she knows exactly what is needed of her.”

While a bit lazy on the flat, she is all power when jump-

ing. “You put your quarter in, the bell rings and she goes. She loves to run,” says Andrea. “In show jumping she shifts gears to an obedient, on the aids show jumper. She’s super smooth, and looks like a hunter jumping a 4’ 6” fence.”

Dominated by her desire to do her job well, her confor- mation sports a sloping shoulder and good hip to hock angle, compromised by a back a little long and a neck a little low set.

If all stays according to plan, her future does not include carrying a foal. “There are too many risks and I’d be so sad to lose her. She has given us so much that I don’t see her carrying a baby.”

Instead goals will depend on Pippa and Kelly’s success once again at Fair Hill CCI*** in the fall. If that goes well, the pair will compete in the 2010 Rolex CCI****, the qualifying competition for the World Equestrian Games that year.

“A lot of people think she has a chance. Her age is right. She’ll be 12 at the time of the 2012 London Olympics,” says Andrea recognizing that it’s a long way off in the world of horses, but it’s in the plan as long as Pippa agrees!

The Holsteiner, FEIN CERA

Show jumping Olympian Fein Cera is hot, bold and beau- tiful. With an exceptional ten year career at Grand Prix jumping, this 17.1 hand mare never met a jumping course she didn’t like.

“Because she was so sensitive, I showed without spurs and sat as quiet as possible, like a feather.”

The big 1991 Holsteiner (by Landadel), Fein Cera joined Peter Wylde as a nine year old with two years of Grand Prix competition on her résumé, but needed to improve her collection and acceptance of the bit. Peter quickly learned her groove and she became one of his favorite horses to ride on the flat. The jumping wasn’t too shab- by either.

The next year she competed in the World Cup Finals. Then, as an 11 year old, Fein Cera won the Best Horse in the Final and the individual Bronze medal at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Spain. In 2004 she and Peter were on the gold medal show jumping team at the

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