Windfall Named to US Olympic Eventing Team!!
Read an article by the USEF here.
Wins Rolex 2004!!
Read an article by The Chronicle of the Horse here.
2003 Proves To Be Banner Year for Windfall!
Am Gold: (from left) Team coach Capt. Mark Phillips,
rider Darren Chiacchia on Windfall, groom Cristin Stoop
(won best turnout prize), and owner Timothy Holekamp.
After two seasons of a lengthy “getting used to each
other” process and steady improvement in performance,
Windfall and Darren Chiacchia have seemingly put it all together
this year. Beginning with a fifth place finish at the Fall
Three-Day Championships at Fair Hill CCI*** in late October,
2002, they have put together a string of wins and placings
that is hard to imagine. Not everyone in the eventing world
realizes or is sympathetic to the special challenges a breeding
stallion faces at the top level of this sport. But the wise
strategies and patient training that Darren has invested in
Windfall have paid off.
PAN AMERICAN CHAMPION
Selected to compete as an individual for the United States
at the Pan Am Championship of Eventing at Fair Hill CCI***
this October, Windfall excelled in training camp and came
to the venue in excellent condition. For the third year in
a row he won the dressage phase there. He began Day Two by
nearly pulling Darren’s arms out of his sockets on steeplechase
the entire way. On phase D (cross-country) he began at a slower
pace, which Darren decided not to correct. Jumping the entire
course in excellent form, about half-way through he suddenly
took the bit in his mouth and blasted off into warp speed,
making up time, but coming in with some time penalties, even
though he had plenty of gas left at the end, as shown by his
quick recovery in the final vet box stay. He was still less
than a point from the lead and when David O’Connor had
his unfortunate fall on a horse in another division, Windfall
became the horse to beat on Day Three. The benefit of a slightly
more conservative phase D run became clear on the difficult
stadium jumping course. There was a direct inverse relationship
between speed on Phase D and the number of rails pulled in
stadium jumping among the top competitors. Windfall had one
of only two double clear rounds posted that day, the only
American to do so, thus winning the individual gold medal
by a margin of about five penalty points.
HORSE OF THE YEAR
When all the grading points were added up at the end of the
season, Windfall found himself the nation’s top advanced
level horse and also the top overall event horse. At the annual
meeting of the Unites States Eventing Association (USEA) he
was awarded the prestigious Casar Memorial Trophy. There is
an interesting story behind that trophy that puts the spotlight
on Trakehner stallions in eventing. Few stallions have ever
found success at the advanced level in American eventing,
and of those most were Trakehners (Amethyst, Windfall, Ahlerich).
In 1983 the only colt approved for breeding by the American
Trakehner Association was a beautiful bay purebred youngster
named Casar, bred and owned by founding members Dave and Pat
Goodman of Wonderland Farms in West Chester, PA. He was by
their stallion Donauschimmer and out of Celana by Amagun.
Two years later he began with Bruce Davidson and became a
meteor in the combined training firmament almost overnite,
winning the CCI* at Groton House and placing at Intermediate
level as a six year old. But one sad day in 1986, at another
intermediate horse trials, in a driving rain, Casar misjudged
a huge bullfinch, cleared the entire brushtop, and came down
on a front ankle with his hindfoot, tearing a tendon sheath
severely. Over the next eight months he fought infections,
had surgeries, and faced bad luck situations hard to imagine.
Ultimately he died. The Goodmans were devastated and had much
difficulty coming to grips with the loss of their finest horse
at such a young age. One of the ways they dealt with their
grief was to commission and donate two beautiful trophies
in his memory. One became the ATA’s Casar Cup, given
each year to the highest scoring approved Trakehner stallion
in eventing. The other has become the USEA’s top award,
their Horse of the Year.
Now sixteen years later, for the first time, our horse has
won both trophies, quite a surprising coincidence, and one
that is especially meaningful to us, as the Goodmans have
been our friends and mentors for twenty years.
Windfall has earned more grading points in the USEA than
any stallion of any breed in the history of the sport. He
is not finished yet.
(And on to 2004: Windfall wins the Red Hills CIC-W*** in
Tallahassee, Florida, the first of this year's World Cup of
Eventing qualifiers. Read an article from Equestrian News
by clicking here.)
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