Kelly Hayner Releases the Team Dream in Hopes of Creating an Opportunity for Someone Else
The gorgeous “13-year-young” gelding Rantaro, by Rantares just added towas the star of the show in Michigan this summer during his [#26313 override="Grand Prix Debut at Waterloo" title="Grand Prix Debut at Waterloo"]. Hayner who rode for the USET in the North American Championships with her now 30 year old retired Maurice Chevalier, was hoping to go all the way again, with the horse she has trained through the levels for 2010, but family, business, and logistics, played a major role in her decision to “let him go to the right person, should they come along.” During Rantaros’ Grand Prix debut in 2009 he won his first outing at the springtime Waterloo Dressage show, and dominated the results during the [#25185 override="Travers City Dressage" title="Travers City Dressage"] competition in August. Hayner is hoping she will have the satisfaction of watching a horse she trained to Grand Prix be for someone else’s success story for 2010.
Hayner went as far as researching costs and sponsorships to bring him to Florida for some key shows and trials in 2010, but in the end, the cost and effort to make it all happen did not balance with her family life and successful training business in Michigan, where she call home. Instead, there has been keen interest in the horse she has trained and competed through the levels to Grand Prix as a potential mount for someone else for the dream of competing for a spot on a team in the 2010 Alltech World Equestrian Games and 2012 Olympic effort.
Hayner admits to the heartbreak of such a decision but knows it is the right one for her horse. “I have a partner, and the deal always was after five years, he would be for sale. He still has not reached his prime, and at thirteen, he is sound and solid. He loves his work, and can be ridden for two hours without getting tired. I have never had such a low maintenance sound and happy horse. It is the right time for a tough decision.”
- [#26313 override="Blue is Clearly Kelly Hayner's Color at Waterloo Dressage Summer Finale" title="Blue is Clearly Kelly Hayner's Color at Waterloo Dressage Summer Finale"]
- [#25184 override="Kelly Burke Hayner and Rantaro Capture $3,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage by the Bay" title="Kelly Burke Hayner and Rantaro Capture $3,000 FEI Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage by the Bay"]