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without spurs and sat as quiet as possible, like a feather.”

With that kind of riding, Fein Cera walked confidently into rings around the world and took any jump Peter pre- sented her. “She was extremely brave. I never felt a course was too big or too hard for her.”

Fein Cera is a tall, well built girl, naturally balanced with a delicate, light mouth. Her light carriage and ability to col- lect and carry herself made Peter’s job easier.

“She is slightly short in the neck and long in the back, but people say a long back horse has better scope. The short neck makes a horse more complicated to ride, yet her balance was so good that the short neck wasn’t a big deal. She has tremendous scope and incredible jumping talent.”

Her conformation and the health management of Peter’s crew contributed to her exceptionally long jumping career which ended with retirement at the end of 2007. Today she is having foals for her owners at the Massachusetts’ Turnabout Farm. Peter owns her first foal by KWPN Ustinov, a yearling colt now born via embryo transfer.

Peter and Fein Cera at the '04 Olympics. Photo © Diana De Rosa.

Athens Olympics. Until her retirement in 2007 at age 16, Fein Cera successfully competed in the world’s most pres- tigious Grand Prix shows.

Fein Cera had the talent and attitude of a great show horse. Outside the arena, in the practice area of a show or on the grounds, she could get quite wound up, but her crowning moments were in the ring. When she passed through the in gate and started to jump, she sud- denly became easier.

“The difficult part about her was that she was incredibly hot,” recalls Peter. “She was a quick learner, wonderful on the flat, but because she had a lot of blood, if you put too much pressure on her or asked too much, she would get uptight. She required tactful riding. Once she began to understand what I was asking, she could be quite fun.”

In return for the rider’s patience, Fein Cera was respon- sive to the lightest aid. “If you rode with pressure or force, it could have gone the other way. She would have mentally blocked and not been as agreeable as she was.” Peter continues, “Because she was so sensitive, I showed

A Boston native, Peter conducts his business three months in Wellington, Florida, and nine months in Europe, living in Holland with his horses closely across the border in Germany. His first pony was a mare, Easy Does It, who engendered his success and affection for mares. Since then he has always appreciated the giving nature of a mare, and was successful with many others.

The Dutch Warmblood, RENATINO

KWPN mare Renatino, fondly known as “Sam,” may have a boy’s nickname, but she is all girl. When children pet her and feed her, she is as careful and gentle as a mother cat, her eyes softening as they walk all around her very long legs. Yet with the less vulnerable, the 17.1 hand mare brandishes plenty of spunk and humor.

That spunk, Sam’s work ethic and the exclusive care and training of her amateur owner and rider, Gundi Younger, have taken the big girl to become the 2008 California Dressage Horse of the Year at Prix St. Georges, and fourth place at Intermediare I, both amateur divisions.

Today Sam (Sambertino x Ingrid) lives walking distance from Gundi’s home in Walnut Creek, California, but the two met in Europe. Gundi, a German native, was living in London with her new American husband and two small children, Tyler and Jakob. Needing a break from motherly duties, she joined a friend on a horse shopping trip in Holland. Her friend declined to ride the 16.3 hand four year old because of her size.

On the other hand, Gundi couldn’t wait to get on,

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