California Riding Magazine • October, 2009

Flying Changes

Mandy Porter and Summer at the 2009 Summer Classic
Photo: Erpelding Photography

Farewell to Summer

Mandy Porter and Summer jumped their last jump together Aug. 29 at the Showpark All Seasons Summer Classic, where the Grand Prix mare owned by Wild Turkey Farm was formally retired. The pair competed in the Rolex FEI World Cup Finals and won at many venues, including Spruce Meadows and the Del Mar National.

Barb Ellison’s Wild Turkey Farm acquired Summer, a 1995 Belgian Warmblood mare, from Norman Dello Joio in July 2004 at Spruce Meadows. She was purchased as a Grand Prix prospect for Porter, the farm’s trainer and rider. That year, Porter and Summer took first at the Del Mar International Grand Prix and had multiple top five finishes in 2005. They continued to have a prolific and successful career together. California Riding Magazine wishes Summer well in her retirement.

Dressage Community Loses a Legend

Klaus Fraessdorf was a German native who began riding as a teenager with cavalry officers as his instructors. The philosophy he learned was based on the German curriculum laid down by the German equestrian federation. His work, in 1984, to reinstate FEI/CDI competition in the U.S. created fundamental change for dressage in this country.

Fraessdorf competed just one year in the Grand Prix de Dressage Level in 1957-1958 in Germany before his mount, owned by the East German Government, was unfortunately reassigned. He coached students in the U.S. to achieve their USPC “A” rating and has several USDF bronze medal students to his credit.

An organizer of dressage shows in Orlando, FL at the Clarcona Horseman’s Park, Fraessdorf began the popular Heidelberg Cup competition, attracting top level dressage riders.

Fraessdorf was active in the USDF and enjoyed promoting the sport he loved. In his final years he fought a long and hard battle with cancer, passing on Aug. 31.

Hall of Fame Jockey Milo Valenzuela Dies at 74

Hall of Fame jockey Ismael “Milo” Valenzuela, who won the 1958 Kentucky Derby and also rode Horse of the Year, Kelso, died Sept. 2 in Acadia after a long illness. He was 74.

Valenzuela rode from 1951 to 1980, winning 2,545 races and earning purses of more than $20 million. He won the 1968 Preakness Stakes, the second leg of the Triple Crown. He was Kelso’s regular rider, and together they teamed to win 22 of 35 races, including 19 stakes.