Tip Top Ridden by Leslie Morse for “quick, brisk fitness walks”

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Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962 in the Grand Prix Special. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Leslie Morse and Tip Top 962 in the Exquis World Dressage Masters at Palm Beach in February. © 2010 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

BEVERLY HILLS, California, May 6–Tip Top 962 is being ridden by Leslie Morse for “quick, brisk fitness walks” while recovering from surgery for acute colic two months ago.

Leslie, 45, said Thursday that 16-year-old Swedish warmblood “is doing wonderfully, back on his hay which, he has missed more than anything else in the world. Munching all day is his true joy in life.

“I have started him under saddle now for our walks. We walk an hour in the AM on the trails, nothing strenuous like hills, just a quick, brisk fitness walk.

“We both love it and to say I am overwhelmed every time I get on him is an understatement. The strength of character that Tip Top has shown through this life-threatening challenge is amazing to me. Tip Top is my champion– I am so proud of him and I cherish him. And thanks to Dorte (Tip Top’s groom); together we have worked around the clock caring for him. The success we have had so far could not have happened without a group effort.

“I am now looking forward to our bright future again slowly but surely we will get there.”

Leslie campaigned Tip Top in Europe and the U.S. in the past year, winning the Grand Prix Special at the Exquis World Dressage Masters CDI5* in both Hickstead, England last July and at Palm Beach in February. The colic occurred during the Del Mar CDI3* In California.

The pair are in eighth place in the rankings for the trials at Gladstone, New Jersey, in August to select the team for the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games in Kentucky in September.