Rosa Cha W to Return to Grand Prix Competition

At the end of 2017, just before Dressage at Devon, my Grand Prix mare Rosa Cha W foundered as a result of contracting Potomac Horse Fever. Rosa had been vaccinated against the disease, and the founder diagnosis was devastating. We thought that she might never compete again.

We bred Rosa, who is now 13 years old, in Australia. She is an Oldenburg by Heath Ryan’s stallion Regardez Moi, out of Jasmine W (by Richmeed Medallion), and she is like part of our family. Rosa took me to my first Nations Cup, in 2014; then I had my accident and she returned to the show ring in 2015, but has not competed internationally since then.

Now she is back and feels even better than before. I am very grateful to Dr. Mary Griffin and Dr. Stacey Cordovano for their help in treating Rosa, and to farriers Steve Teichman and Pat Riley for their careful attention to her feet. They have all gone above and beyond in getting Rosa going again! They have all worked together and paid especially close attention to every detail of her treatment.

In the beginning we iced her every day, and she spent a lot of time lying down, which was really the best thing for her. She was kept on stall rest for an entire year – most horses would have gone nuts, but she’s a very good patient and she likes being in her stall, so we were lucky with that. We had her on very soft stall mats and sand and a lot of bedding so it was very soft and comfortable for her. There is always a lot of activity in the barn, and she has a big window so she could hang her head out and watch everything go on at the farm, and she seemed happy with life.

Last fall we brought her out of her stall and started hand-walking her. I am grateful to Harley for taking on this job because since my accident I really can’t have another injury, and Rosa was pretty wild when she first came out. Eventually we added some easy trotting and cantering and slowly built up and brought her back into work, and now I ride her every day. She has been very comfortable and feels better than ever. Now we keep her on a low starch diet and don’t give her any treats, but otherwise we are able to treat her like most horses.

I’ve entered her in the Grand Prix at Bruce’s Field at the end of the month, which is pretty unheard of for a horse that foundered. Again I am so grateful to her team of vets and farriers for everything they have done to keep her going. I didn’t realize how much I missed having her to ride every day, but now I really look forward to getting to work and spending time with my special girl again.

Here’s a video of Rosa schooling this morning at Stable View. Isn’t she lovely!


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  1. So glad she is back!

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