18 Mar Facet Euthanized
March 18, 2010
The 1987 KWPN stallion Facet (Vanitas x Tolbert x Courville xx) was humanely euthanized today for colic-related reasons. Facet competed in Europe at CDI***s in the Small Tour and Grand Prix with former- Olympian Ellen Bontje in 1996-2000, then enjoyed further success with German Young Rider Gerda Lehmann prior to his sale to owner Gay Walker in February 2003.
Facet was imported to the United States and competed under Jennifer Hoffmann at Intermediare-1, winning Reserve Champion in the Region 7 USDF/GAIG Championships. In 2004, he was competed by 14 year-old Susan Walker at the FEI Junior level. The pair were members of the Gold Medal Team at the USEF Junior Dressage Team Championships and placed third individually. He retired from competition after that, but never from work–he enjoyed life at stud, and he insisted on being ridden and served as an honest and generous schoolmaster until the end. His life was filled with joy, as were the lives of those who were honored to know him.