More Magic, Successful Mount for Bethany Peslar, Dies of Cancer

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Bethany Peslar on her More Magic. © 2009 www.SusanJStickle.com
Bethany Peslar on her More Magic. © 2009 www.SusanJStickle.com

WELLINGTON, Fla., May 18–More Magic, a successful mount for Bethany Peslar in Brentina Cup and Grand Prix competitions in the United States, died unexpectedly of cancer at age 17.

The Westfalian gelding by Maraschino xx was sold to Everglades Dressage, LLC which is also the name of the spectacular Peslar family stables in Wellington, in April. 2006.

The horse had been owned by Dan Trierweiler, who bought it from Johan Hunneman’s stable in Germany for Christine Traurig to ride in 2003. More Magic was trained to Grand Prix by Coby van Baalen.

Bethany Peslar and More Magic were reserve champion in the 2006 USET Foundation Festival of Champions National Young Adult “Brentina Cup” championship.

Peslar, now aged 27, began showing More Magic at Grand Prix in 2007 taking second place in the Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Saugerties, N.Y. and 3rd place in the Grand Prix Special at CDI3* Dressage at Devon, Penn.

More Magic and Peslar placed second in the Grand Prix Special at the highly competitive Palm Beach Derby this year.

Bethany Peslar and More Magic competing in Wellington. © 2009 www.SusanJStickle.com
Bethany Peslar and More Magic competing in Wellington. © 2009 www.SusanJStickle.com

The pair won accolades for the obvious connection.

“Magic,” as he was called by Bethany, was admitted to the Palm Beach Equine Clinic (PBEC), where Dr. Scott Swerdlin has been the longtime veterinarian for Everglades Dressage, on May 2 with intermittent high fever. Extensive tests discovered a large mass in More Magic’s abdomen.

Dr. Robert Brusie of PBEC and a leading colic surgeon, was summoned back from the Kentucky Spring Horse Show in Lexington. But More Magic died before he arrived in Wellington late on the night of May 12.