Belle de Reve
2008 16h bay Selle Francais mare
Owned by Hickory House’s Mimi Abel Smith, Belle was recently imported from England to join the competition barn here at Stephen Bradley Eventing. Previously owned by an adult amateur, she has completed two Advanced horse trials before joining Team SSB.
Stephen and Belle will be spending this summer and fall getting to know each other, but everyone is very excited to have her in the barn! Stay tuned for updates as the season progresses. And if you’re at the farm, be sure to stop by and give her a pat (although she would really prefer a carrot!).
‘Luna’ is owned by longtime supporter Charlotte Harris and was purchased in 2013. This lovely mare quickly took the eventing world by storm, winning three Training-level competitions in a row. She evented through the Intermediate level, before moving to the jumper ring.
Luna is currently offered for sale, but will continue to compete in the dressage ring until sold. She would make the perfect horse for an amateur or junior rider. Contact Stephen today to learn more about this lovely horse.
2008 16.2h bay Thoroughbred gelding
Owned by Hickory House’s Mimi Abel Smith, Only One is a reliable competitor who rarely places out of the Top 10.
New to Stephen in 2018, the pair are still getting to know each other at the Preliminary level before moving up.
Stay tuned for more as the competition season progresses!
2011 16.2h bay Hannovarian gelding.
By Stakkato out of a Chaco Blue mare. In other words, this guy was made to jump. While he has show jumping experience in Germany, he is new to eventing. Blue has settled into life in the States, and everyone is eager for him to make his eventing debut. Stay tuned for more info about this exciting young horse.
Horses Retired from Upper-Level Competition
Officially retired from upper-level competition in 2011, Mr. William Lowe’s Brandenburg’s Joshua will always have a special place with SSB Eventing. When ‘Josh’ was competing, he was always one of the best horses in the US, if not the world. In his three appearances at Rolex (2006, 2008 and 2009) Josh placed 3rd, 4th and 10th, respectively. Stephen and Josh were also on the Gold Medal winning team at the 2003 Pan American Games. Josh could win all three phases and frequently did. Josh’s newest venture has been going on adventures with Charlotte Harris.
Stephen said of the retirement, “While Josh has been one of my favorite competition partners of my career, I felt I owed it to him to retire him while he was still sound, happy and ready to keep working. Josh is the most polite horse that I’ve ever ridden; he’s a true gentleman and it will be nice to see him out and about with Charlotte.”
Often found in his stablemate Brandenburg’s Joshua’s shadow, the Russian-bred From was a star in his own right. Owned by longtime supporter Charlotte Harris, From competed at the top level of the sport for a number of years. His most notable achievements include placing 5th at the 2004 Rolex Kentucky CCI4* modified division, which earned them a spot on the short list for the Olympic Games in Athens. In 2007, From was on the Gold Medal winning Pan American team in Brazil. The following year he placed 8th at Rolex Kentucky CCI4* and was once again short listed for the Olympic Games in Beijing. Following his retirement from international competition with Stephen, From went on to teach one of students the ropes at the Intermediate and Advanced level. He is currently trying his hand in the hunter ring with one of partner Peter Foley’s students, Tracy Matthews.
In The Fog
Purchased from Peter Grey by longtime support Charlotte Harris as a top event prospect, Stephen developed ‘Simon’ from a green Preliminary horse into a top Advanced-level event horse. While Simon enjoyed much success at the CCI2* and at Advanced horse trials, Stephen didn’t feel like his heart was fully into the sport. Stephen’s partner Peter Foley saw a future hunter horse superstar in the making, and after a few months of trying his hand at a new discipline, one of Peter’s students, Holly Sorenson, fell in love and decided to purchase him. It is a lot of fun to watch Simon in his new career!
In Memory of Sassy Reason
Probably Stephen’s most notable horse was the ’81 Thoroughbred gelding Sassy Reason. Owned by Ann Barrow-Fisher, Stephen started competing Sassy in 1989, and in 1990 Stephen and Sassy won the Radnor Hunt CCI2* and the Essex CCI2*. The next year they won their first Checkmate CCI3*, a title they defended in 1992 and 1993 as well. The year 1992 also found Stephen and Sassy on the US Olympic team. In 1993, they traveled overseas for this historic Burghley CCI4* win, becoming only the second American rider to win this prestigious title. That same year he was named The Chronicle of the Horse Overall Horse of the Year, as well as the USCTA’s Horse of the Year. Sassy enjoyed his retirement with his owner, and was euthanized in 2007 at the age of 26 due to the degeneration of his suspensory structure.
In Memory of Dr. Dolittle
Owned by Nicola Hales, Stephen started competing Dr. DoLittle in 1992 after Nicola had competed him through Preliminary. This off-the-track Thoroughbred has the distinction of winning Rolex Kentucky CCI4* in 1996. Unfortunately an injury later on in the year brought his upper level career to a halt, but Stephen remembers him fondly, saying, “He was always such a trier. It meant a lot to me that he stepped up into Sassy Reason’s shoes to become my next legitimate Advanced horse. He was a really good friend and every day just a real good guy. If he were a person, he would have been someone you’d like to hang around with a lot. He made me feel more secure within myself as a rider and competitor.” Dr. Dolittle enjoyed his retirement with owner Nicola before ultimately being euthanized in 2014 due to complications of old age at the age of 29.