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.
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