Rafalca Retires After Central Park Dressage Challenge

Sunday, September 21, 2014
Posted by Lauren Fisher for Jennifer Wood Media, Inc.

Jan Ebeling and Rafalca. Photo Credit Kit Houghton/Rolex
Jan Ebeling and Rafalca. Photo Credit Kit Houghton/Rolex

A moving retirement ceremony was held for Jan Ebeling's FEI World Cup and 2012 London Olympic Games mount Rafalca, as the mare concludes her successful show career at the conclusion of the Central Park Dressage Challenge. At 17 years of age, the Oldenburg mare owned by Beth Meyer, Ann Romney and Amy Ebeling will now enjoy her time at Ebeling's farm The Acres in California. Ebeling has plans to breed her at the beginning of the year and will keep the mare in light work. "I would like to see her out of my window with a baby in my back pasture," he smiled.

"It was bittersweet, of course. She went fantastic. She didn't feel like she's 17 at all!" Ebeling said of Rafalca's beautiful retirement ceremony and final freestyle performance. "This horse has given me so much."

"The decision was made to retire her, and what a place to retire a horse," he stated. "This horse show is unbelievable. Thanks to the organizer. I know you really have to stick your neck way out to do these events. I'm speechless. Thank you for giving me the opportunity to retire my horse here. I'd like to also say thank you to my family, friends, and sponsors that have made this journey for me possible. I hope I come back with another horse. I was familiar with Central Park, but I never thought I would ever ride here!"