by Fran Jurga | 11 February 2009 | The Jurga Report
Debbie McDonald and Brentina, from the USET Athlete Portrait Campaign Project fundraiser
Yes, the Internet reports are true: America's sweetheart dressage champion Brentina was treated for colic yesterday. Equisearch.com's Nancy Jaffer has an exclusive report on the surgery and its outcome; click here to read all the details.
The 16-year-old Hanoverian mare, ridden in the Pan Am Games, World Cup, World Equestrian Games, and Olympics by Idaho's Debbie McDonald, will be formally retired from competition on April 17 in a special ceremony at the World Cup Finals in Las Vegas. Brentina is owned by Peggy and Parry Thomas.
Aim a prayer at Hailey, Idaho tonight, as Brentina begins her recovery.