Accomplished dressage athlete and Olympic hopeful Carol J. Plough suddenly passed away in Riverside, California on Monday, May 16, 2005.
Known as an accomplished horsewoman with a natural gift for putting people at ease, Carol was well-loved in and out of the dressage ring. In 2004, Carol was long-listed for the Olympic Dressage Team with Komo (1997 KWPN chestnut Gelding, owned by Kathy Pavlich), and the pair continued to compete internationally with mounting success.
“I have known Carol for several years and consider her to be one of my true great friends,” said Olympic medalist and former World Cup Champion Debbie McDonald. “She was a dedicated and hard working rider, trainer, clinician and judge. She lived life everyday and had a great sense of humor. Carol was so grateful to have Kathy and Tom Pavlich and the opportunities they had given her. She gave us all a run for the money with the horse she loved and trained from the beginning, Komo. The Dressage Community has truly lost one of the best in our sport. She will be greatly missed.”
An “S” judge, Carol judged all levels of her discipline through Grand Prix, and trained students to compete in such prestigious events as the 2003 Pan-American Games in Santo Domingo and the US Intermediaire I Championship.
Carol is survived by her husband, Bill and a much-loved Jack Russell Terrier named Phoebe. Memorial details are currently being finalized by Carol’s family.
Bill and Carol's family have asked that donations be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. in lieu of flowers.
There will be a memorial service at Shadow Ridge on May 27 at 10:00 a.m.
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