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Jan martel’s century club story started about 25 years ago when she co-owned lily’s lupine, a Thoroughbred mare bred to Taxateur. Jan, from Davis, california, eagerly awaited her bay colt, who turned out to be a chestnut filly with lots of chrome. “at first i was disappointed, as i really wanted that bay colt,” Jan said. “but soon i couldn’t imagine having anything but a wonderful red-headed girlA”
The years went by, with many special moments in each. Jan said that lalique H“lali”I was about 15 years old when they figured out the one-tempis, the last piece that they needed for the Grand prix. “When we got the onetempis, my trainer said that we’d have to show her at Grand prix. i’ve never been much for showing and responded, ‘i hope we means you.’ She said, ‘No, yoUA’”
Wanting to avoid showing, Jan came up with what she thought was a great excuse. She said, “i told my trainer that if we can still do the Grand prix when we’re 100, i’ll ride it for the century club.”
you can guess what happened. at age 75, Jan rode lali in a Grand prix test to join the century club on July 8 as Team No. S50.
The Dressage Foundation’s Century Club recognizes horse and rider teams whose ages add up to 100 or more years. A beautiful ribbon and plaque are given to each new team to commemorate the occasion. Please consider a gift to support the Century Club. Visit dressagefoundation.org or call (402) 434-8585 to donate.
From left: Jane Bartle-Wilson, Chelsey Sibley, Jan Martel on LaliQue, Jeff MOORe aNd SuSie WReN