Top-Notch Programs of Equine Superstars
A behind-the-•cene• look at four of the nation’• mo•t •ucce••ful •porthor•e•’ care routine•.
Get a sneak peek into the care routines and management systems of four elite horses competing in the disciplines of jumping, dressage, eventing and hunters.
To keep horses feeling and performing their best, you have to know their unique quirks and preferences. This is demonstrated by four of the United States’s current world-class athletes: Nations Cup medal-winning jumper Zeremonie, dressage star Rassing’s Lonoir, Olympic eventer Veronica and High Performance hunter champion Center Court. Zeremonie and Veronica both love to nap. Veronica is also a big fan of acupuncture, but Center Court hates it. He requires frequent changes in his routine, while Lonoir thrives on predictability. All four horses are excellent travelers, which is fortunate given how far away from home some of their competitions are.
To keep these horses healthy and happy, their support teams try to stay one step ahead of any potential problems. Veronica’s team does periodic bloodwork to monitor her health and identify any additional nutritional needs. Lonoir’s rider, Olivia Lagoy-Weltz, schedules occasional veterinary wellness checks, “even when things are going great—just to keep track of what’s going on.”
On the following pages, these teams share how they shape the individual care routines for each of their equine superstars.
ABOVE: Zeremonie (left) with Lord Lucio, a foal she had before Laura Kraut owned her. Now grown, Lord Lucio is in training with Laura and her partner, Nick Skelton. ZEREMONIE