Hall of Fame

Molokai

Dorothy Trapp Crowell found Molokai (Hawaii x Pretty Copy) fresh off the track as a 4-year-old. As green as he was, she knew from the moment she sat on him that he was exceptional to the point that she did not want to get off of him. Molokai had a very negative opinion of the dressage phase but his athleticism, his huge galloping stride, and his ability to jump anything before him would take him to the very top of the sport and see him bring home the individual silver medal from the World Equestrian Games in The Hague in 1994.

Molokai took Crowell boldly around the biggest courses in the world: Badminton, Burghley, and Kentucky. He just missed a berth on the U.S. team at the 1996 Atlanta Olympic Games due to an injury sustained in the final days leading up to the competition. But he was not to be denied his final moment of triumph when, at the very first CCI4* on U.S. soil, the 1998 Kentucky Three-Day Event CCI4*, Molokai jumped his heart out for Crowell and came within one rail of winning. The hometown crowd went wild for their horse and rider and were cheering loudly at every fence Molokai jumped. He and Crowell finished in second place and received the highest prize in U.S. Eventing, the USEF Pinnacle Trophy, for the highest placed American in the four-star, the first time the trophy had ever been awarded.

All Molokai’s successes came in the traditional long-format in which, due to his Thoroughbred breeding, he excelled. He truly deserved his place in history having served his rider and his country well and Crowell decided that Molokai had earned his retirement out in the bluegrass of Kentucky, a life he enjoyed until his passing in 2013 at the age of 30.

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