In Memoriam - Lutz

Thursday, April 20, 2017
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"The Little Engine that Could" had nothing on the Haflinger dressage sensation Lutz (Argument—Mandy, Navis Van De Wellenhoff). When Bettina Hinckley sent trainer Susanne Hamilton to Germany for her next dressage partner, a black mare was on her mind, what she got was a stocky little chestnut gelding that would prove that dynamite does indeed come in small packages.

Lutz was trained to FEI with some of the Grand Prix movements in Germany by his former owner Lucy Van Husen and the correct training showed. Once Lutz made it to US soil, he wasted no time exploding onto the show circuit winning all of his in qualifying classes only to go on to win the 2016 USDF Region 8 Dressage Championships both in a large open Prix St Georges and Intermediare-I. Lutz continued to grow a large fan base as he climbed the ranks and entered into the world of CDI's.

Lutz participated in the 2016 Challenge of the Americas and then went on to win the 2017 Dressage Under the Stars Cancer Challenge. Always a crowd favorite, Lutz also won the 2017 Two-Tempi Challenge performing 58 two-tempi changes at the "Friday Night Stars" in Wellington, Fl.

Two days after winning the challenge, Lutz developed laminitis and after an almost two month battle, the decision was made to end Lutz's suffering.

Our deepest condolences go out Lutz's owner, Brittina Hinckley, Trainer Susanne Hamilton and the legions of fans that got so much joy watching him take Florida by storm.

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