Shared Dreams (General Silver x Notable Miss Iron), a 15.3 hand off-the-track Thoroughbred gelding and Jan Byyny's mount for the 2003 Pan American Games held at Fair Hill, has passed away at the age of 26.
Byyny and her husband at the time, Craig Thompson, acquired "Whitey" as a 5-year-old. Thompson began competing Whitey, first at the Preliminary level and then at the Intermediate level in 2000 and 2001. Together they completed the long format one-star at Morven Park and the long format two-star at Radnor Hunt.
In 2002 Byyny took over the ride on Whitey, moving him up to the Advanced level and completing the long format three-star at Fair Hill International in 22nd place that fall.
The following year, Byyny and Whitey attempted their first four-star (now five-star) at Kentucky, finishing in 10th place. Consequently, they were named to the U.S. Team for the Pan American Games that were held at Fair Hill International that fall. Byyny and Whitey earned team gold and individual bronze. In 2004 Byyny and Whitey returned to Kentucky once again to compete in the four-star, this time placing 15th.
Byyny sold Whitey to Kathryn Shipley, who competed successfully with him at the Training and Preliminary level, placing fifth in the CCI* (now CCI2*-L) at Morven Park in 2007.
Maggie Carter competed Whitey at the Preliminary and Intermediate level in 2010 and 2011, placing ninth in the CIC2* (now CCI3*-S) at Fair Hill in 2010. Whitey retired from USEA competition at the end of 2011 and lived out his retirement at Carter's grandparents' farm in Kentucky.
The USEA sends its condolences to all of Shared Dreams' connections.
Weren’t able to spend your morning glued to the livestream of the 2021 Maryland 5 Star cross-country? Couldn’t be there in person to trek up the hills? We have you covered with a play-by-play of what happened on Ian Stark’s cross-country course which gave both the designer and the riders many sleepless nights, but ended up riding quite well for the majority of the field.
The forecasted downpours held off until the last horse and rider crossed the finish flags during the CCI5*-L cross-country at the Maryland 5 Star today, confirming the event’s decision to move up the start. The majority of riders had sunny skies and a cool breeze as backdrop to tackle Ian Stark’s five-star course across the sprawling grounds at Fair Hill in Elkton, Md. Before cross-country there was much chatter about the testing terrain, but 11 pairs managed to make the time despite the hills. At the end of the day, the top three riders held onto their podium positions going into show jumping tomorrow with overnight leader Oliver Townend and Cooley Master Class (Ramiro B x The Swallow) impressing all who watched at each and every question.
It's the day we have all been waiting for, cross-country day at the inaugural Maryland 5 Star! Both the CCI5*-L and CCI3*-L field will contest Ian Stark's terrain-filled track across the historic grounds at Fair Hill today and there is lots of chatter about how the questions, terrain, and time allowed might impact the current placings.
Chris Talley came into the Dutta Corp USEA YEH East Coast 5-year-old Championships knowing that the Corwin Sport Horse LLC’s owned 5-year-old Hanoverian mare Gina (Gentleman x Ballerina) possessed a lot of quality, but to emerge victorious out of the 42 horse field was an absolute treat for the pair.