Cobra's Comeback - Pamela Doolittle and Cobra Overcome Obstacles to Finish Third in Six-Year-Old Division
Third place, behind the two leaders in the 6-year old division at the 2006 USEF/Markel National Young Dressage Horse Championships, went to Pamela Doolittle of Masomanie, WI riding her own Cobra (Contucci – Work of Art by Wallstreet Kid). It was, quite literally, a rough road that Doolittle and Cobra traveled en route to the championships, but her story has a happy ending.
“My husband and I decided several years ago to save our money to buy a horse farm,” she explains. “I sold my horse and pursued a PhD in chemistry; now I’m a professor and we have a 60-acre farm. It was our ‘American Dream’. Coby was the best horse that I could afford, and I bought him when he was only two; when he was three I took him to another stable to get him started while we built an indoor arena.”
She continued, “The day I brought him home, I put him in my brand new trailer and headed home. It should have been the perfect trailer for a horse his size according to the manufacturer’s book, but on the way home my husband, who was driving behind me in a minivan with the kids, called my cell phone and told me to stop.”
The trailer door had come off the trailer and since there were no butt-bars installed, Coby had fallen out the back and been dragged about 20 feet along the road until his leather halter broke free. “If I hadn’t bandaged his legs with quilts and flannels he would have been killed,” she said. “The bandages were shredded. His extensor tendon in his hind leg had been serrated and his carpal bones were completely exposed. I thought that we’d lose him to infection.”