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Tiffany Foster’s Victor retired from the sport

Thursday, 19 September 2019

Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping. Tiffany Foster with Victor. Photo © Jenny Abrahamsson for World of Showjumping.

After a long and successful career full of highlights, Tiffany Foster has announced the retirement of the now 17-year-old Victor (Elmshorn x Grandeur).

Owned by Artisan Farms and Torrey Pines Stables, Victor has been victorious all over the world and also jumped at the Olympic Games in 2012 with Foster in the saddle.

On her official Instagram page, Foster has posted the following statement: 

“Victor was the first horse Andy and Carlene Ziegler ever bought for Eric Lamaze to ride. He was purchased through Meredith and Markus Beerbaum as a 7 year old in 2006. He was meant to be purchased by someone else, but that fell through at the last minute, so Artisan Farms saved the day by stepping up to buy him with @torreypinesstable Eric rode him for the first six months then left him with me to ride while he went to Europe with his more experienced group. Victor and I hit it off right from the start and when we showed up at Spruce Meadows, Eric watched one round and told Andy and Carlene that sometimes a horse and rider were meant to be together and this was one of those times. Andy and Carlene agreed to let me keep the ride, and this was foreshadowing for how the rest of my career would begin to unfold; by Andy, Carlene and Eric giving me the first of many unbelievable opportunities. Victor took me to my first victory in the International Ring at Spruce Meadows, to my first Olympic Games in London, to my first Nations Cup double clear and then on to four more double clear Nations Cup performances for Canada. Those double clears included two at my home show @thunderbirdshowpark and a coveted double clear at the @spruce_meadows Masters. He taught me how to compete and take risks but more importantly, he taught me how to become best friends with a horse. I will never forget what he has done for me and I will always cherish the 10 years we had together. We will try to repay those years of service by giving him the happiest retirement at our farm in Belgium. Thank you to the Zieglers, to Eric, to Caro for taking such great care of him and, above anyone else, THANK YOU TO VICTOR ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️”


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