A Life Well Lived

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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.

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