2010, 16.3H, chestnut Dutch Warmblood gelding. Owned by Team Armicor, Armicor is a talented young horse that Stephen imported late last year with the hopes that he will be one of his next upper level contenders. Armicor officially made his show debut bringing in impressive results including a win at the Waredaca Horse Trials in the Novice division! The future looks bright with this horse and we can’t wait for this horse to make a name for himself in the eventing world!There are still shares available in the Team Armicor Syndicate (PDF). If you would like more information on how to share in this special horse’s journey, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org
2010, 15.3h bay Westphalian gelding. ‘Crunchie’ is owned by longtime supporter Charlotte Harris and was imported in 2013. This exciting gelding is settling into life in the US and seems to really enjoy being an event horse.He has earned top placings at the Training-level and has successfully moved up to Preliminary. This is another exciting young horse to have in the barn!
2009, 16.2h grey German Sport Horse mare. ‘Luna’ is owned by longtime supporter Charlotte Harris and was purchased in 2013. This lovely mare has quickly taken to eventing and is currently competing at the Preliminary level.Luna is a natural competitor and recently won three Training-level competitions in a row. Watch for this mare to make a big splash in the eventing world!
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.