Big Tyme, USA Pan Am Team Medal Horse, Sold to Betsy Juliano

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Marisa Festerling riding Big Tyme after winning individual bronze to add to her team gold medal at the Pan American Games in Guadalajara, Mexico, in October. © 2011 Ken Braddick/

Big Tyme, ridden by Maris Festerling to U.S. team gold and individual bronze at the Pan American Games last month, has been sold to entrepreneur and amateur rider Betsy Juliano.

Big Tyme, whose barn name is “Frankie,” is a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood gelding (Saros van ‘t Gestelhof x Elvira x Wendekreis) bought by Marisa as a sales prospect at the age of five. She trained and competed the horse through the Young Horse and FEI divisions.

Marisa, the mother of a young girl, operates a training business with Marie Meyers in Moorpark, California.

Betsy is a highly successful entrepreneur in the legal field but has an avid interest in dressage with farms in Gates Mills, Ohio and Wellington, Florida. She also actively supports development of high performance dressage in the U.S.

At the Performance Sales International auction in Germany, a year ago, she bought the then-five-year-old Hanoverian stallion Riccidoff (Riccione x Don Davidoff x Sandro Hit) for €680,000 (US$900,000) and Horizon, an Oldenburg mare (Hotline x Don Schufro x Inschallah AA) for €550,000 (US$727,000). Both are trained and competed by George Williams.

“My partners and I had planned to sell Big Tyme, but we wanted the right owner to come along,” Marisa said. “Betsy rode Frankie very well, and she will provide a super home for him as she does for all of her horses.”

She said of the five years with Big Tyme: “Training and competing this very special horse has been an amazing and gratifying experience. He has been a wonderful competitor and partner to me. I am very happy that Frankie will be going to Betsy, and I wish them all the best.”