He’s earned two championship titles in two years, has six wins to his USEA record, and finished with the best score out of every horse that competed in the 2019 USEA Future Event Horse (FEH) Championships - the USEA October Horse of the month is Royal Casino!
Royal Casino (Rosenthal x Lady Logan) is a 2-year-old Oldenburg gelding, owned and bred by Cynthia McNemar. He was the Overall Yearling Champion at the 2018 USEA FEH East Coast Championships last year, and this year, he was the 2-year-old National Champion presented by Guardian Horse Bedding. The championship judges, Peter Gray and Chris Ryan, awarded him with an unbeatable score of 85.38 making it the best finishing score across all four age groups and all three 2019 USEA FEH Championships.
With an extroverted personality and a love for soft peppermints - learn about Royal Casino from his owner and breeder, Cynthia McNemar.
About Royal Casino:
“His barn name is Roy, unless you ask my 3-year-old nephew, Auggie and he'll tell you it's Royby.”
“May 17, 2017.”
“Royal Casino was born on Pipe Creek Farm, our family farm in New Windsor, Maryland. He is registered with the German Oldenburg Verband/Oldenburg Horse Breeders Society (GOV). He was awarded the Premium designation as a foal.”
“His favorite treats are the soft peppermints, and he will come running when he hears the wrapper crinkle.”
“[He’s] definitely an extrovert. [When] I muck out the gelding’s run-in shed, Roy is always right there trying to help you.”
“He likes to roll in the mud hole that he and his friends create after it rains.”
“He is the youngest of Lady Logan's four Rosenthal foals. His oldest brother, Roulette, competed through the CCI4*-S level with Colleen Rutledge. His only full sister, Lady Rosita, competed in the USEA FEH program as a yearling taking home third place in the filly division, as a 2-year-old taking home third place in the filly division, and as a 3-year-old finished seventh in the filly division. She also was approved into the Main Mare book with GOV and last year had a Premium colt by Sandro's Star. Now, as a 5-year-old, she is my personal riding horse and we are eventing at the Beginner Novice level and competing in First Level Dressage. His older brother, Retsami (age 4), is owned by Colleen Rutledge and has just been started under saddle.”
“All three Rosenthal colts were to have their name start with an R and all three are named for different games of chance.”
Miss any of the previous horses? Follow the links to read about the February Horse of the Month, March Horse of the Month, April Horse of the Month, May Horse of the Month, June Horse of the Month, July Horse of the Month, August Horse of the Month, and September Horse of the Month.
About the USEA Horse of the Month
New in 2019, the USEA is recognizing an event horse each month on the USEA website and social media. The USEA Horse of the Month is determined based on statistics and event results and announced at the beginning of every month. The October Horse of the Month was selected based on the performance at the 2019 USEA Future Event Horse Championships.
All the major contenders passed the eventing final horse inspection at the Tokyo Olympics and will carry on to contest the show jumping phase in a few hours’ time.
The ground jury (Nick Burton, GBR, Christina Klingspor, SWE, and the U.S.A.’s Jane Hamlin) and vets only failed to accept one horse - Fantastic Frieda, ridden by Poland’s Joanna Pawlak, who had completed the cross-country in 41st place with a refusal and 25.2 time-faults.
The FEI has announced that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course during Equestrian Eventing at the Olympic Games Tokyo 2020 on August 1, 2021.
In 2002, at the age of 15, I was at my Aunt and Uncle’s farm in Maine while Tremaine Cooper was there building some cross-country jumps. I helped him build a trakehner, not realizing that this day would set the course for my future. A few weeks later he called asking if I could help him at Millbrook Horse Trials. From there I helped Tremaine during most of my school vacations and throughout the summers. After graduating high school I kept at it never looking back. I lived the gypsy lifestyle for about six years going from coast to coast and event to event. In 2013 my wife Kathryn and I settled down in Lexington, Kentucky. These days I spend roughly 60-75 percent of my time on the road preparing events or building private schooling areas. I’ve had the privilege of being involved with some really great events around the states and have cultivated many friendships all over the country. In 2019 I was asked to be a part of Team Evans Olympic cross-country building crew. As I write this I am on my third trip to Tokyo. Here’s a day in Tokyo . . .
The British team cemented their gold medal position at the Tokyo Olympics with three magnificent cross-country performances, all clear inside the time. Added to that, their first rider, Oliver Townend, holds pole position individually after the dressage leader, Germany’s Michael Jung, picked up 11 penalties for triggering a frangible device.