Weltino’s Magic, Pan Am Double Gold Medal Horse, Offered for Sale

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Steffen Peters and Weltino's Magic celebrating their sweep of the small tour at Aachen. © 2011 Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Weltino’s Magic, ridden by Steffen Peters to double gold medals at the 2011 Pan American Games after sweeping the small tour at the World Equestrian Festival in Aachen, is being offered for sale by owners Jen and Bruce Hlavacek of Las Vegas.

The Hlavaceks said they are offering the 10-year-old Westfalen gelding known as “Magic” for sale at a price of $750,000 (€570,000) as a business decision.

“Magic is a wonderful horse with a great personality,” they said in a statement. “When we purchased him as a 5-year-old, we were hoping he had international potential and might possibly represent the USA in international competition. He has exceeded our expectations and more than accomplished our goals.

“We will miss him, but felt now was the best time for him to move to the next phase of his career with a new owner. He is still a young horse and having only competed for three seasons, has many years left to perform at a top level and help a new owner and rider accomplish their goals.”

Steffen of San Diego, California, said that “Magic has a rare quality, mainly because of his temperament, he is easy enough to ride for an amateur or young rider and certainly good enough for a high level inspired professional. You can’t say that about many dressage horses.

”The one-tempis are very expressive and uncomplicated. The passage is very solid.”

Magic was both U.S. Equestrian Federation Dressage Horse of the Year and National Intermediaire Champion as well as U.S. Dressage Federation Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I Horse of the Year for 2011 and was named Overall and Dressage Horse of the Year by The Chronicle of the Horse among other awards.

The 17.1-hand (175.26cm) horse and Steffen won both the Prix St. Georges and Intermediaire I in sweeping the small tour at Aachen, Germany, the most prestigious and competitive horse show in the world. On returning to the U.S., Magic was the top qualifier for the U.S. for the Pan Ams in Guadalajara, Mexico, where they captured both team and individual gold medals.

Magic was bought by the Hlavaceks as a five-year-old and initially trained and competed by Shannon Peters to become U.S. six-year-old reserve champion. He was not competed as a seven-year-old then Steffen took over training and competing the horse for two years.

Steffen is handling the sale and can be contacted at +1 619 994 5174 or at spudon@aol.com.