The USEA is saddened to share the news that Absolute Liberty (Aberjack x Chestnut Lady), a 15.3 hand bay Oldenburg mare, passed away earlier this month at the age of 17. Absolute Liberty was owned by Sharon Will and competed through the four-star level by Buck Davidson.
“It is with great sadness that I share that Absolute Liberty had to be put down the other day due to some medical issues that could no longer be maintained to keep her comfortable,” Davidson shared in a statement. “It was a privilege to compete such an incredible horse who became part of some of the best memories and moments in my career.”
Davidson and Absolute Liberty completed the mare’s first event at Training level in the spring of 2009, moving up to Preliminary shortly thereafter and earning several top-10 finishes at the level.
In 2010, Davidson moved Absolute Liberty up to Intermediate, placing second in the CIC2* (now CCI3*-S) at Poplar Place in March and fourth in the CCI2* at Florida International in April. That fall, Davidson and Absolute Liberty were third in the Intermediate division at the USEA American Eventing Championships and completed the Fair Hill International CCI2*.
In 2011, the pair made the move up to Advanced, completing the CIC3* at The Fork and Jersey Fresh before going to the Bromont Three-Day Event, where they were fourth in the CCI3*. Davidson and Absolute Liberty were selected to represent the United States at the 2011 Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they were fourth individually, helping to earn the team gold medal.
Absolute Liberty continued to compete at the Intermediate and Advanced levels in 2012 and 2013, prior to her retirement.
The USEA sends our condolences to Will, Davidson, and all of Absolute Liberty’s connections.
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