Rainier, USA 2000 Olympic Team Bronze Medal Horse, Dies — 1991-2019

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Rainier being ridden by Katherine Bateson Chandler in 2007. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Sept. 20, 2019

Rainier, the USA Sydney 2000 Olympic team bronze medal horse, has died at the age of 28, Katherine Bateson-Chandler reported Friday.

The Oldenburg gelding owned by Jane Forbes Clark was competed by Robert Dover for the United States at the 2000 Games. Katherine, a longtime groom and assistant trainer with Robert, took over the ride before the horse was retired in 2008.

“A very sad day today,” said Katherine of Wellington, Florida on her Facebook page. “A horse who gave so many people so much has passed.

“Rainier was one of the biggest personalities of any horse I have had the privilege of having in my life. He was as cheeky as they come and as talented and beautiful!

“I could go on and on as to how much he gave me and many others. The first horse I groomed and then was rewarded by doing my first international grand prix. He earned the US a bronze Olympic medal with Robert. He was as smart as all of us (probably smarter!) and I will miss him. He enjoyed many relaxing years with Gunnar Quist and Traci Barry who loved him like we all did. Rest In Peace gorgeous Reindeer.”