A Life Well Lived
Granat was a Holsteiner gelding bred in 1965 by Ernst-Otto Lill in Holstein, germany, trained by the late georg Wahl and competed by Christine Stückelberger of Switzerland. In his international career, which spanned from 1971 to 1982, he won 17 team and individual medals. From late summer 1974 to the European Championships in 1979, granat remained unbeaten and held all international titles. He won the Olympic games in 1976 and the Olympic Festival in 1980, the European Championships in 1975 and 1977 and the World Championships in 1978, and added three international individual silver medals to this collection.
“granat had the sweetest and kindest nature,” said Nicky Kelly, granat’s groom from 1980 until 1983. “He was a quiet and gentle horse in the stable. Because of the blindness in his right eye, one had to talk to him and approach him gently from the right side so as not to startle him. It was a privilege to have been able to ride a horse of his caliber. As students, we learned so much from him. Not just the advanced movements, but how to sit quietly and relaxed, how to feel what we were supposed to feel and the absolute thrill of getting it right and Mr. Wahl saying, ‘Not bad.’”
Granat and his groom Nicky Kelly in 1983.