Fine Art – Dutch Warmblood Grand Prix Stallion by Samber. Approved ISR/OLD
I had the privilege of first meeting Fine Art a.k.a. As "Fred" when he came to Centaur Farms to stand at stud. Fred was an exceptionally smart stallion with wonderful movement and more class then any stallion that I have handled. He had previously competed at Grand Prix Dressage with his previous owner Jim Koford and due to suspensory surgery he had been out of work for 2 years. I was given the opportunity to bring him back to the show ring. This was a great honor since I have been struggling to get my last score towards my USDF Gold medal. Retiring my Dutch gelding "Caesar" at I-1 and my Dutch Warmblood stallion Guardian due to an injury when he was ready to compete at Grand Prix was heartbreaking. When I was approached with the opportunity to ride and compete this wonderful stallion and get the chance to get that final score towards my Gold medal, I was very excited. Fine Art was a joy to ride. He focused on his work and looked forward to his daily tacking up sessions for that one on one attention that he so much enjoyed. We made a wonderful team and had our goals set to get back into the show arena in the fall at I-2 and Grand Prix in hopes of achieving that final score. Unfortunately, all our dreams came to an end on Saturday, July 24, 2004 at 2:30 am when Fine Art tragically passed away. I have truly lost a great friend and partner. With his eloquence and class his name Fine Art describes him so well. There will always be a part of my heart that is reserved only for him. Fine Art was a very special friend and partner and I am very thankful that I had my time with him. This wonderful stallion has sired many sons and daughters that are competing successfully in the dressage and jumper arenas across the United States.