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the two-star and three-star level, Frankie decided to set her sights on the Rolex Kentucky four-star event. Though she knows the task won’t be an easy one, with strong encouragement from current coach Andrea Pfeiffer, she believes Fric has the talent and the drive to compete at the prestigious event. “Looking back on it, over the years I never really


thought about Rolex much,” she admits. “I thought it was an amazing show but never really thought of competing myself. As Fric and I came up through the levels, I thought it might be a possibility, but it took other people reassuring me that it could actually be a realistic goal. I began to think about ‘what if.’” “I believe Fric deserves to go. He’s up to the challenge


and to finish his upper level career by competing at Rolex Kentucky would be amazing. There is no other horse I would rather go on than him. He truly means the world to me, so to experience it with him would be more than I could have ever hoped for.” Once the decision was


made to enter Rolex, the preparations began. “I didn’t want to get ahead of myself


and get too excited because with horses, anything can go wrong at any time, but truth is I am very excited about the entire experience,” she says with a smile. “I still can’t even believe we are qualified to compete with the best riders and horses in the world!” Currently, Frankie and Fric are preparing by riding


twice daily and galloping every five days to work on their fitness. As she explains, “Rolex requires an entirely different level of fitness than we have had any other time in our career, and with Fric being in his upper teens, it certainly is a bit more challenging than if he was young.” Regardless of the outcome at Rolex, Frankie is just


delighted to be able to experience her first four-star with the horse that brought her up through the levels of eventing. “I am just looking forward to every moment with Fric that remains in our career together,” she relays. “This has been an amazing journey and no matter what happens at Kentucky, I am the luckiest person in the world to have found a horse who has changed my life. I mostly look forward to enjoying every day with him now, through Rolex and even afterwards when he retires.” “I’ve learned to appreciate every moment we have as he has gotten older, because I look at each of the shows as icing on the cake,” Frankie adds. “Fric owes me nothing, he means the world to me and each day I am still amazed and inspired by his positive attitude and love of the sport.”


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Veterinary Study of Back on Track 2


In only two weeks of using Back on Track’s therapeutic Welltex blanket, infl ammation is greatly reduced.


Image 1 is prior to using our blankets. Image 2 is taken two weeks after using our blankets. T e red seen in the pictures above refl ects infl ammation. T e images above show an 11 year-old Irish Sport Horse used for eventing that presented with severe back pain. T ese ther- mographic images show remarkable improve- ment after 2 weeks of using the Back on Track Blanket.


Laura A. Werner, DVM, MS, DACVS, T e Equine Center, CA


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