Equine Canada regretfully reports that 14-year-old Hanoverian gelding Reiki Tyme, beloved partner of Canadian dressage rider Roberta Byng-Morris, has passed away. "Roberta had a great relationship with Reiki Tyme. They performed consistently throughout the Pan Am trials in 2011 and were strong members of the silver medal winning Canadian Dressage Team at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara. Reiki managed all the stresses of travel and the pressure that comes with being on a team. I will always remember how he pulled through a difficult warm up for a perfect Individual ride for Roberta at the Games. He was a true competitor," stated Gina Smith, Chef d'Equipe for the 2011 Pan American silver medal team.
Morris offered the following comment. "I purchased Reiki Tyme as a four-year-old in 2003 with the goal of one day achieving my lifelong dream of becoming a member of the Canadian Dressage Team. I achieved my dream when we represented Canada in the 2011 Pan American Games in Mexico. Together our team won the silver medal.
It was Reiki who gave me the strength to carry on when my husband Dawson Mizener passed away in 2009. Reiki taught me that whatever happens in life you have to keep believing.
He foundered in 2010, which he recovered from through round the clock care. Reiki was a fighter and always gave me his best. His greatest strength was his reliability in the show ring.
Reiki was hospitalized in December 2012 for colic, with an undetermined cause. He was given three weeks to live. I brought him home for palliative care where he enjoyed his days roaming free on the farm."