eighteen year old Hanoverian gelding by Bonjour out of Goldsternchen, was
put down. Beaurivage had recovered from two
emergency colic surgeries in 1995 and continued to compete at Prix St.
Georges that year. Beauri had already had three colic surgeries. The third
colic surgery happened in the summer of 2002 after Jane Thomas had competed
with him earlier that spring in Prix St George and I 1. He actually won the
Open I 1 at Burbank with a 72% Because of his age and the
situation, we felt it was unfair to put him through another surgery.
The autopsy showed that because of previous scare tissue, it was highly
unlikely he would have survived a fourth surgery.
Beaurivage had recently been ridden by owner, Peggy Thomas. "Beaurivage is the safest horse -- Debbie's true love. He started dressage for Debbie. He is the kindest, most honest horse you'd ever want to meet." Peggy at 77 loved doing flying changes with Beauri.
Because we were unable to bury Beauri at River Grove due to legal restrictions, we laid him to rest on a farm my husband Peter and I have on the Snake River. He is on a bluff in the shade of the blossoming cherry trees that overlooks an incredibly beautiful view of the river. We felt it appropriate since his name means beautiful river. While my family and the McDonalds are deeply saddened by the loss of this incredibly big hearted horse, we are comforted by the outpouring of sympathy all the people in the dressage world have sent us. Thank you for your support through this difficult time.
2004. Email from Debbie McDonald who is in Germany training at Klaus
Balkenhol's with the US team for World Cup. Just this week, Debbie had
to withdraw defending champion, Brentina, from the World
Cup because of a slight injury at Dortmund.
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