Grand Prix Dressage Champion Asanti Passes Away at Age 31

Elizabeth Armstrong Powers at Washington International North American Championships
Photo: PhelpsPhotos
Elizabeth Armstrong Powers at Washington International North American Championships
Photo: PhelpsPhotos

DOVER, MA  - The much-loved dark brown Hanoverian Asanti (by Abseits) passed away recently at age 31.  Originally owned by Joan Farlinger of Toronto, Canada,  and ridden  by Canadian Tom Dvorak, Asanti  was a top Grand Prix performer for Canada.  Dvorak remembers, “In 1994, at Port Jervis,  we broke 70% in the Freestyle. That was a big score back then.” The pair won the 1994 Volvo World Cup Qualifying final at the Royal Winter Fair, as well as nine out of 11 Grand Prix competitions that year. Elizabeth Armstrong Powers, Grand Prix rider from Dover, MA, took over the ride, and competed with  Asanti from 1995 until 1999. Together they went on to show internationally at the North American Championships, and at CDI competitions in the United States with many wins along the way.

“He really jump started my dressage career, which I began in 1995, after many years as a 3 three day event rider,” she says.  My husband, James Powers, (former USET Three Day Event Team member) and I were in the audience that night at the Royal.  It was a thrill to see Asanti come out that night for the victory gallop, proud champion that he was!  Looking back, it was an amazing night.  Asanti was a special horse, so kind, generous, strong and unflappable. A true champion!”

Asanti retired sound and happy at age 20, and was lovingly cared for by Katrina Leandro of Wellington Florida.  He had 10 great years in retirement.

The name Asanti means  “thank you,” in Swahili.  From all who knew him and all loved him, we say  “asanti “ Asanti!




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