Thanks to Mark Rowley of Efficient Arena for the awesome footing additives! I put the family to work this past holiday weekend, and now, we have extra fluffy footing. Efficient Arena ships its products, so contact Mark for any footing additives that you need. I have been riding on Mark's arenas for 12 years now, and Mark's customer service and professionalism are second to none. My horses have stayed healthy and sound working on his surfaces.
Incredible opportunity for a rider with serious ambitions. The best horse that I have ever ridden who has given me the feeling that the sky is the limit. I have had a third child, and with an infant and two older children, I can't do justice to my family and this amazing horse at the same time. Scores to 78.8% at small tour and ready for Grand Prix. I would like to watch Indy on the big screen representing his rider's country. Serious inquiries only.
Congratulations to my dear friend, Elise Cutini, and Moonbear TF! They just won the Regional Adult Amateur Championship for Northern California at First Level. Elise has done such a super job bringing "Moony" out into the show world, and it brings me such joy to see a favorite horse and one of my closest friends thriving together. ... See MoreSee Less
Congratulations to the new owner of Dogwood, a 3 year old imported Desperado x Donnerschwee x Romancier gelding! He is very special, and I have high hopes for him to make a super future FEI star for my very good friend and Grand Prix trainer who will develop him. ... See MoreSee Less
Proudly presenting Dogwood, an imported 3 year old stallion by Desperado x Donnerschwee x Romancier. Desperado is a top international scoring stallion for the Netherlands, recently scoring 79% and winning the first round of the Dutch championships at Grand Prix. Dogwood's dam combines the outstanding blood of the D and R lines, which are proven producers of Grand Prix horses time and again. This young stallion is available, as I just had a baby.
Obsession SH is growing up to be a real stunner! This 3 year old Grand Galaxy Win x Tango gelding is about to get started under saddle. I am willing to consider parting with him only because I just had a baby, and I'm going to be short on time for a while. Please PM me for more information. Photo credit Alyssa Hamedi.
Congrats to Nikki Scarpino and Lambada!!! I sold Lambada to Nikki years ago, and Nikki has done a beautiful job developing Lambada all of the way to Grand Prix. It brings me joy to see my former horses thriving and loved. ... See MoreSee Less
It is with a sadness that has broken my heart many times over that I announce that Selestial R died in June of 2021. It has taken me many, many months to accept that this wonderful horse is no longer living.
I met Seleste as a young 4 year old, and the second that she arched her neck over the stall door and engaged me with her expressive eyes, I was a goner. I just got a feeling from looking into her eyes and face, and after I rode her, I felt that she would be something special. She was a gangly, awkward looking youngster, but once she started moving, she was light and graceful on her feet.
Over time, she transformed from the awkward duckling into a beautiful and magnificent horse. As a five year old, we rode in front of Charlotte Dujardin for the first time, and she told me, “Don’t be surprised if she turns out just as nice or better than Quin.” Quin is superstar, Quintessential Hit. Seleste proved Charlotte right, and Seleste went on to win three USDF Horse of the Year titles over the years (First Level, Fourth Level, and Intermediate I). Seleste made her Grand Prix debut at 9 years of age, scoring over 73% from an FEI 5* judge in her first outing. I believed wholeheartedly in Seleste’s talent, training, and disposition. I believed that she would be very successful in international competition. Without the deep pockets to fund an international career for Seleste, I made the extremely difficult decision to sell Seleste.
I sent Seleste to a top rider in Germany, and from there, her story becomes one of extreme tragedy. The sordid details of Seleste’s experiences in Europe revealed all of the worst of people. In writing of Seleste’s passing, there is no way to escape the bitterness and anger that the treatment that she received brings forward. It would be unfair to Seleste to not disclose the injustices that she suffered. Her vet records in Germany were put in another person’s name, and all of the care that she received was hidden from me. It appears that she received treatments for conditions that were never disclosed to me. The vet who treated her, even upon knowing that I was the owner, has refused to give the complete records to me despite numerous requests from me to obtain them, a complete violation of a veterinarian’s legal and ethical obligations.
Sensing in my gut that something was amiss, especially after another American horse tragically died of laminitis in that German barn, I moved Seleste to a barn in Holland. Eventually, it was revealed to me that Seleste had laminitis, but the laminitis was hidden from me for three entire months by the broker and trainer in charge of her care, as well as by the vet in charge of her care in Holland. She was being ridden on about 8 degrees of rotation before I was notified that she was not well. The tragedy is that had immediate and aggressive steps been taken to combat some inflammation in one foot, it’s entirely possible that Seleste would not have experienced laminitis and rotation. She should have been on ice around the clock, received anti-inflammatory treatments and been rested completely. Instead, they chose to continue riding and training her, exacerbating the inflammation to the point that the structures in the foot were damaged beyond repair.
It was a whirlwind of stress after that. As soon as I knew that Seleste was not well, I did everything that I could do to save her life, bringing her to Florida to receive the best care in the world. In Florida, Seleste was treated by a world renown podiatrist with corrective shoeing for laminitic horses. She was under the care of one of the best vet hospitals in the world, and she received the best supportive care possible. Unfortunately, despite the amazing efforts of everyone involved in Florida, they were unable to save her, and she was ultimately euthanized. A venogram was performed before the recommendation to euthanize was made. The results of the venogram were conclusive that there was no hope. On June 15, an amazing friend FaceTimed me from Seleste’s stall at the vet clinic, and I had to say goodbye to my beloved Seleste who had always given me her best. Seleste deserved a long and happy life with excellent care and a lovely retirement. She didn’t deserve to die young at the hands of people in Europe who valued something, I don’t know what, more than the life of a precious living being. A necropsy confirmed what we already knew: she had severe rotation in both front coffin bones and proliferation of both front coffin bones. She was in excruciating pain.
I have tried long and hard to make sense of it all, and I have experienced anger, bitterness, guilt, sadness, and grief. The only thing that would make things right is for Seleste to still be alive and well. She cannot be brought back, and that is a bitter pill to swallow. My only hope is that the people who wronged Seleste will change their ways. I hope that they will always act with the horse’s best interest first, and I hope that they will be honest in all of their future dealings. I hope that every horse in the world will be valued as a living, sentient being, and that the life and well being of every horse will be considered first above sport and above business interests. In my experience, I saw the people at the top of the sport behaving abhorrently, and that needs to change. My memories of an absolutely magnificent horse are tarnished by the horrible end that she suffered at the hands of dishonesty. ... See MoreSee Less
This is one of my absolute favorite quotes. I know how hard it was to write but it’s important. Nothing can change the past but the truth can always impact the future.
One of the most special horses I’ve ever had the privilege to connect with. I think of her often. I am gutted and can’t imagine the emotional journey this set you on. Hugs
This industry has a lot of soul searching to do about the things that are done to horses to justify end goals. I’m glad people like you are involved to help bring about changes in attitudes to these incredible sensitive wondrous beings. Thank you for telling Seleste’s story, I hope it helps bring about justice for other horses in the competitive horse world. Sending you much comfort and condolences.
Having seen the up close and personal consequences of equine abuse on the backyard end of the spectrum, I can only tell you that your feelings are valid and will likely not be easily processed. By sharing it, you shine light into the dark corners of the horse world and the people who read it will be better informed and prepared when they make decisions for their horses in the future. I'm very sorry for your loss and the entire situation.
You need to name these people so others don't end up going through the same thing.
I am so, so sorry that you lost such a beautiful and talented dear friend. Sometimes we try to give our horses opportunities that we think we can't give them. I know because I've done it twice and will never do it again. One of my horses died tragically at 6 of kidney failure and I never got the chance to ride him down centerline but the trainer did😭. The other did well at shows, but I could see he was not happy, so I told the trainer I would take over his training. Did our progress slow down? You bet. Is he is far happier now with just me? Absolutely. Our horses don't care what level they get to, only that they are loved and cared for, and that should always be our priority. Will they miss out on greatness? Maybe. But will we do everything in our power to give them a long and happy life? Absolutely. And that is worth more than all the accolades in the world.
I am so very sorry for your loss and the pain Seleste must have endured. I think so often in horse "business" the almighty dollar clouds people's judgment. And they forget that these high "potential" horses have beautiful, innocent souls that have no idea that they are worth so much. This is why I cannot do sales and why I have such a hard time parting with horses that I own. It's so hard to trust that they will be treated as the special souls that they are, whatever their price tag. Godspeed Seleste and I hope your pain continues to fade over time.
There are people who talk a lot and say nothing... and people who say little and communicate a lot. You are the latter - when you say something, it has weight.
I'm paying attention, and I hope the FEI is too.
Even already knowing the whole story, reading this makes me sad and mad all over again for you and Seleste. I’ll never understand how these people could do this. You did everything you could. Such an avoidable tragedy. So sorry Alyssa 💔
What a tough story to tell and a nightmare to live through. I am so sorry. I truly don’t understand how people can behave so poorly.
My hearts breaks for Seleste and for you. Thank you for sharing her story. While it’s painful to read and hard not to cry, it’s only a tiny portion of what you’ve been living through.
May Seleste’s memory inspire us to be that much kinder and gentler to all animals, especially our horses. 💕
Oh Alyssa, this is horrific. I loved that mare from afar and everything you did with her. I know you did your research and placed her in the best possible place for success and a long healthy life. People were cruel, lied and cheated; that is not your fault. Thank you for telling this story, for calling them out. Forgive yourself for what you could not have imagined. So so sorry
Horses are so tolerant and noble. Thank you for sharing her story. There are people in the community who grieve with and for you. There are no words for those who choose to inflict pain on such generous trusting souls.
Absolutely gut wrenching. I know your pain; my Rosenfurst N also succumbed to abhorrent treatment due to my misplaced trust. I will never forgive myself for trying to retire him in the wrong hands, and will have nightmares and regrets about it always. Take comfort in your good intentions and never let a star who loves you go again😢. I know I won’t.
I balled my eyes out reading this - I am so, so sorry you endured this tragedy with your precious ‘soul mate’…..as much as I love, love, love Dressage & other competitive disciplines….trained with some world class clinicians, participated in many shows, and trained many in the lower levels…I personally got out of showing for these very reasons….don’t lose your love & passion for these animals ‘ this sport over the selfishness & greed that runs rampant in the equine competitive world. This experience - as devastating as it is - coupled with your passion, love & skill can benefit MANY - get out there & share your gifts with others!!!! My sincerest condolences for your most devastating loss- my heart goes out to you💕❤️💕
I am so sorry to hear this. My heart goes out to you. Keep standing up for these beautiful horses lives, they mean more than money.
Alyssa, Thank you for posting this and bringing awareness to the animal cruelty that is seen in these sports. The kindness and compassion you demonstrate doesn’t go unnoticed by humans or animals 💕
I remember one of the first shows I took photos for you - I took one of Seleste that you thought was Quin on first glance, and I was like "no, that's Seleste!". Seleste, the ballerina. She was an absolute joy to watch with you. She definitely proved Charlotte right! (Charlotte is always right, isn't she?!) Good for you for sharing this, as hard as I'm sure it was to try to put it in to words. It breaks my heart for you and Seleste. She was a very special special mare and no horse deserves to be treated like she was. I am so very sorry. ❤
This is just flat horrifying…words absolutely can not describe the fear in all of us reading your story. What courage you have for sharing this. I wish I had the most comforting words, to take your pain away, and something profound to restore humanity, but I can say that I love you and the dedication you have in each and every horse. You are a good human❤️❤️❤️
I'm so sorry. This is horrible and tragic. It's why I don't send my horses out. Just cannot trust anyone to care for them the way you would. This is so heartbreaking. Hugs. 🙁
Oh Alyssa, words won’t even form. You did everything in your powers to assure her every possible chance to shine, and those you entrusted her to failed you. But even worse, they failed dear Seleste. It is unfortunate that some think of a horse like a piece of gym equipment instead of advocating for a living being.
Unfortunately, this is an all too common scenario in the horse world. I am so so sorry for both of you. (((Hugs)))
And THIS is why I dislike most people! THIS is why, Jeremy Robbins, that I have such a hard time selling any of them! 😭
My heart breaks for you, and for your beautiful mare. I hope, in time, that the anger, bitterness, guilt, sadness, and grief you have experienced will ease and that you can put those energies into something positive. I am sure that Seleste would want that for you.
I'm heartbroken for you & sickened by her suffering. Thank you for sharing your story so that others may learn from your loss. Know in your heart that you did right by her.
Gosh Alyssia, such a heartbreak to read this. Thank you for your eloquence in standing up for those that can’t speak for themselves. Senseless tragedy. My heart goes out to you and i hope there is a way to out these people so they dont repeat their despicable actions.😢
This is heartbreaking. I’m so sorry that this happened to Seleste and to you. I hope you can someday find peace knowing that you made every decision in her best interest, even if others did not. I hope the support and validation from your community can support you during this very difficult time ❤️
Congratulations to my dear friend who is the new owner of Moonbear TF!! "Moony" is an absolutely wonderful horse with super athletic ability and talent coupled with a stellar disposition. It's bittersweet, as I love riding Moony, but I know that she has the most amazing home possible, and I hope that she and her new owner have a fabulous time together. ... See MoreSee Less