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Tribute to Biko

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Karen's 2006 USEA Hall of Fame horse, Biko, passed away on January 29, 2014 at the age of 30.  

She pays special tribute to him in this podcast.

He was a 17.3 hand bay Thoroughbred gelding (Beau Charmeur - My Hansel) with a big white blaze who is 6th on the USEA Top Ten All American High Point Horses of the Century list, and in 1999 won the Horse of the Century Award from the USEA.  He was owned by the late Mr. and Mrs. Richard H Thompson of Malvern, Pennsylvania.

In 1996 he and Karen helped the U.S. win silver at the Olympic Games in Atlanta.  They represented the USA on multiple occasions and competed and finished with top placings at the Badminton Horse Trials CCI**** (third, in 1995) and Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event (second in 1996 at Advanced, and fifth at the CCI**** in 1998).

During the induction ceremony, Karen described Biko:  "He had a full brother who competed the Grand National, amazing conformation, beautiful withers--which actually kept me in the saddle most of the time, great shoulder, wonderful length hip to hock.  He was an unbelievably good looking horse with impressive size at 17.3. He had an amazing work ethic and loved to be ridden every day, and an unbelievable gallop and incredible brain.  A gentle giant."

The gelding was an ambassador for the sport of eventing and was beloved by children and all who met him.  He was retired in 1999 at age 15, and a ceremony was held at the 2001 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Mandiba Wins CIC** at Virginia HT

Mandiba, owned by Joan Goswell and ridden by Alexa Perkiel, won the CIC** division at the Virginia HT.  They led from start to finish!

Karen's New Ride: RF Clearwater

Karen has been in the Netherlands and Germany, where she purchased a jumper for herself - RF Clearwater.  They competed in a jumper show at Breda, placing 4th out of 75 entries in their first class!


OCET Videos
Karen and RF Clearwater - Breda

Eventing Nation's Interview with Mr. Medicott

Bromont 2012 CIC3*
Mr. Medicott SJ

Bromont 2012 CCI2*
Winning on Mandiba

Bromont 2012 CCI2* Mandiba SJ

Rolex 2012 Mr. Medicott XC-coffin

Rolex 2012 Mr. Medicott Stadium

Rolex 2012 XC Interview

Rolex 2012 Veronica Dressage Interview

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