Victory Salute Loses Battle With Laminitis–1996-2011

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Victory Salute ridden by Brett Parbery at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. © Ken Braddick/

Victory Salute, one of the top horses ever to represent Australia in dressage, lost a long battle with laminits. Victory Salute, or “Sam,” was 15 years old.

Brett Parbery who rode “Sam,” as Victory Salute was called, reported on his Facebook site Monday, “RIP our beautiful Sam.”

Brett competed Victory Salute, an Australian Warmblood (Salute x Esprit), on three continents–Australia, Europe and North America and was the most successful of the Australian team at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year, competing in all three phases and finishing ninth in the Freestyle.

“It is with great sadness that we report that Carolyn Lieutenant’s wonderful horse Victory Salute, aka Sam, has been laid to rest at our property in Penrose after his recent battle with laminitis,”  Brett wrote. “Our advice leads us to believe that the laminitis was caused by Cushings Disease, which was not detected during early testing and had progressed to a toxic point, therefore causing a severe bout of toxic laminitis.

“As with every facet of Sam’s life, he was a champion to the very end. He fought a brave and noble fight and showed incredible courage during all treatment.

“His loss leaves a giant hole in our hearts as he was not only a great dressage horse, but the most loved character of our stable. He will always be my number 1.

“Thank you Sam for the wonderful journey and may you rest in piece my great mate.”

Brett Parbery on Victory Salute at Exquis World Dressage Masters. © 2010 Ken Braddick/

Victory Salute was competed by Brett in 35 competitions, beginning in Melbourne in 2007 through to his final show, the Sydney CDI in April this year.

Among Victory Salute’s outstanding international results were second place in the Freestyle at the CDIO3* in Rotterdam in 2008 and second in the Grand Prix Special at the CDI5* at Hickstead in 2010.

In addition to the WEG in Kentucky, Victory Salute also competed in 2010 at the World Cup Final in ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Netherlands.

Victory Salute was stabled with Edward Gal when he was in training in Europe and the horse had a special relationship with Totilas, accompanying the super stallion on the flight to the United States for WEG.

As a seasoned jetsetter, Victory Salute kept Totilas company on the Dutch stallion's first air flight, which was to the WEG in Kentucky in 2010. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news/com