In Memoriam - USET Dressage Team Veteran Kingston

Thursday, October 14, 2010
Posted by Mary Phelps

Leslie Morse and Kingston

Leslie Morse and Kingston - ©Mary Phelps

One of America’s most beloved Dressage stallions, Kingston owned and ridden to multiple victories and team competitions for the United States by his owner and friend Leslie Morse lost his life suddenly Monday October 11.

The eighteen year old stallion had an acute attack of colic which was determined to be a twisted colon shortly after his daily morning trail ride, an activity he loved. In an attempt to get him in the trailer to the hospital he lied down in the driveway and could not be revived.

“He only suffered one hour and as unbearable as it was I was so thankful I was here to be with him like always sharing everything together.” a heartbroken Leslie More told DressageDaily. “We put a pillow under him and hugged him and told as many stories as could as we sat with him. He passed away at his home "Kings Court" right next to his shoes that we had inlaid in the drive when we were building the property.”

Kingston was an Oldenburg licensed stallion by Voltaire x Burgraaf who represented the U.S.A internationally, winning two U.S. National Championships. He was also named 2005 USDF Horse of the Year. The 2001 USET Dressage Intermediare-1 National Champion went on to have a long and successful career competing at the Grand Prix Level for the United States.

This wonderful duo travelled the world to compete for America winning the team Bronze Medal at the 2005 CHIO Nation’s Cup, Aachen Medal and finishing sixth overall in the same year at the Las Vegas World Cup Final.

Kingston represented America as the reserve Olympic Team horse for Athens in 2004, and later returning to competition after an injury was again the Team reserve rider for Hong Kong in 2008.

“There are so many things I can say about my very best friend.” Morse added. “I am so amazed about our years together. Kingston brought me dreams and introduced me to a new world, and filled my world with abundance.”


Watch the Video of Leslie Morse and Kingston at the selection trials for the 2008 Olympic Games, their popular freestyle ridden to the Pirates of the Carribean


USET Dressage Intermediare-1 National Championship
CDI Grand Prix, Dressage at Los Angeles CDI***
CDI GP Freestyle, Dressage at Flintridge
USET Dressage Grand Prix National Championships
FEI World Cup Final, Dusseldorf, Germany
Horses & Dreams, CDI, Hagen, Germany – Champion in GP and GP Freestyle
CHIO Nation’s Cup, Aachen – Team Bronze Medal
Aachen – Champion in Intermediaire-2
Traveling Reserve for Olympic Team, Athens
Palm Beach Grand Prix Freestyle
Palm Beach Derby CDI***
Gold Coast Opener CDI***, GP Special
USDF Freestyle Champion
FEI World Cup Final, Las Vegas – 6th place overall
Pebble Beach Grand Prix
Pebble Beach Grand Prix Special
Pebble Beach Grand Prix Freestyle
CHIO Nation’s Cup, Aachen – Team Bronze Medal
Wellington CDI***, Champion in Grand Prix and Grand Prix Special
Won in Florida, then injured
Brought him back late in the year
Mid-Winter Dressage Affair, Grand Prix Freestyle
Reserve for Olympic Team, Hong Kong
FEI World Cup Final, Las Vegas