My Lady, Ridden by Mikala Münter for Denmark, Passes–2000-2019

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My Lady ridden by Mikala Münter celebrating victory in the Global Dressage Festival CDI5* Freestyle in 2016. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

WELLINGTON, Florida, Oct. 31, 2019–My Lady, the Danish Warmblood mare ridden by Mikala Münter for Denmark at championships in Europe and the United States, was put to sleep Wednesday night after sustaining Cushing’s disease.

Born in Denmark in 2000, My Lady (Michellino x Ritterstern) was bought in 2011 by Janne Rumbaugh, a Danish native long-time resident in Florida.

Mikala, based in Wellington, began competing My Lady at international competitions the following year. The pair won 13 of 93 international Grand Prix starts from 2012 to 2017 and the mare was the top money winner for two Global Dressage Festival circuits in a row.

My Lady represented Denmark at the 2014 World Equestrian Games in Normandy, the 2015 European Championships in Aachen, Germany and the World Cup Finals in 2014 in Lyon, France and 2015 in Las Vegas.

For Mikala, who now rides under the United States’ flag, My Lady was her “once in a lifetime horse.”

“Words cannot describe what a loss it is for Janne Rumbough who purchased the big powerful mare in Denmark in 2011,” Janne and Mikala said in a joint statement. “She was an incredible mare and we are forever thankful for what she did for us.

“My Lady had a big group of fans and her popular Freestyle brought many people to Global Dressage Festival on Friday nights during the winter season to see her dance under the lights.”

Since retirement in 2017 My Lady had two foals, Valentino by Vitalias and a filly by Franklin named My Fair Lady.

My Lady with Janne Rumbough and Mikala Münter Gundersen at the end of the mare’s competition career. © 2017 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com