Brentina’s First Baby, by Damsey

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Brentina, whom Debbie McDonald rode to Olympic and World Equestrian Games medals and a World Cup title, has given birth by embryo transfer to her first baby, a colt by the Hanoverian stallion Damsey.

“I AM A GRANDMA!!!!!! BLACK COLT TWO HIND SOCKS NO OTHER WHITE!” Debbie wrote from Germany where she is traveling with Adrienne Lyle who is competing on Wizard 50.

Damsey is an eight-year-old by Dressage Royal and is owned by Doug and Louise Leatherdale, who have farms in Germany and in Long Lake, Minnesota and Rancho Santa Fe, California.

A foal by Brentina, owned by Peggy Thomas of Hailey, Idaho, and Kingston owned by Leslie Morse of Beverly Hills, California, is expected in a couple of weeks.

“Mama just keeps giving us joy even after retirement,” she said.

Ridden by Debbie, the Hanoverian mare now aged 19, won team and individual gold at the 1999 Pan American Games, bronze for the U.S. team at the 2004 Athens Olympics, silver at the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez and bronze at the 2006 WEG in Aachen, in 2003 and became the first American ever to win the World Cup Final.

Brentina was retired at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2009.

Brentina being retired at the 2009 World Cup Final in Las Vegas. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Brentina being retired at the 2009 World Cup Final in Las Vegas. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com