FBW Kennedy Dies – 1989-2011

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Robert Dover on FBW Kennedy at 2007 World Cup Final in Las Vegas, his last championship. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

FBW Kennedy, who was ridden in two Olympic Games by different riders–the USA’s  Robert Dover and Lone Jorgensen of Denmark–has died in his sleep. The Baden Württemberger chestnut gelding was 22 years old.

Jane Forbes Clark, who owned Kennedy, Robert who competed Kennedy at the 2004 Olympics in Athens, and Katherine Bateson-Chandler who took care of him and later rode him in competitions, “are all devastated,” they said in a statement.

Kennedy was retired in Millbrook, New York.

Kennedy was by Tiro-Katy, Karata and bred by Karl Gaissmaier in Germany.

Trained and ridden by Lone Jorgensen, the pair won team bronze at the 1999 and 2001 European Championships and top 10 finishes at the 2000 Olympics in Sydney and the 2002 World Equestrian Games in Jerez, Spain.

Jane Clark bought Kennedy as a prospect for the 2004 Olympics in Athens and an opportunity for Robert to compete in his sixth Games and won team bronze for the U.S.

The last international championship for Kennedy was the 2007 World Cup Final in Las Vegas where he was ridden by Robert.

After the Athens Games, Katherine competed Kennedy over the 2005/2006 winter circuit in Florida, winning the Grand Prix at Dressage at the Nationals in Wellington and other Grand Prix and qualified for the 2006 national championships.