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By Larry Palmer

C

aron and Daniel Haggerty never knew they were intend- ed to begin new careers and establish new products for treat- ing horses and dogs. It just seemed to work out that way. When their prize-winning jumper “Win or Lose” was diagnosed with untreatable cancer, Caron and Daniel just couldn’t give up.

Winning More Than Losing

“Winnie” was the culmination of a dream Caron had for years. Caron had admired Winnie at the stable many times. Dutch bred, he was originally trained to Prix St. Georges dressage in Germany where he competed in both dressage and jumpers. An older gentleman import- ed him to the U.S. as a schoolmaster for dressage, and then he eventually went to a junior rider who competed him in jumpers and equitation. At one point she and Winnie even showed in Equitation at Madison Square Garden. There was a list a mile long of Winnie’s ribbons and championships both here and in Germany.

Caron’s trainer had to sell Winnie since the young rider became very ill and wouldn’t be able to ride for a long time. Meanwhile Caron was getting tired of riding school horses and other people’s horses, more for safety rea- sons, especially since she had already had her first back surgery. When Winnie came up for sale, the trainer encouraged Caron to try him, but Caron knew he was priced out of their budget. At last Caron relented. She mounted the handsome gray and soon discovered he knew way more than she did. His training, his attitude and his calm demeanor were wonderful. This horse knew his job and she absolutely loved him! However her heart felt that another would own her dream.

On Mother’s Day of 1994, her husband Daniel led her to the barn. Daniel had purchased Winnie for Caron and a dream she thought had ended began again. Winnie who was thought to be a fourteen-year-old gelding turned out to be seventeen when the paperwork came through, but they both just laughed. Dreams don’t have age limits on them.

Caron competes Winnie in 1996 after he has recovered from cancer.

Very quickly Caron and Winnie celebrated tremendous success in the jumper and equitation show ring, competing at prestigious California shows such as Indio and the Medal finals in Los Angeles in 1994 and 1995. “Winnie was the most honest horse I’ve every ridden. He safely got us out of many crazy predica- ments, and I could count on him to always give me more than 100%,” remarks Caron. “He was a blast to ride since he was so well trained. There were times he would do tempis (a series of flying changes) and I didn’t know what to do to stop him!”

A horse lover from birth Caron recalled her first time on a horse. She was three and a half years old. Her parents literally could not get her off the critter. “I kicked and screamed and refused to get

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