California Riding Magazine • November, 2009

Flying Changes

Fuerst Gotthard “The Titleist”
1983 - 2009

Fuerst Gotthard had a long good life, but it sadly came to an end Sept. 25. The 26-year-old breeding icon grazed up to his last minute at his Rainbow Equus home in the Sacramento area’s Lincoln. The Homozygous gray Oldenburg stallion, (Inschallah x/More magic xx) was laid to rest after a short battle with age related issues.

“Fuerst Gotthard was with us the past 14 years and was imported from Gestut Vorwerk before being licensed in the U.S,” relays Edgar Schutte, who operates Rainbow Equus with his wife and the breeding business’ founder Susan.

As a 3-year-old Fuerst Gotthard was reserve champion of the first American 100-day test in Culpepper, VA with 132.24 points; eight for riding and nine for jumping. He passed his versatility onto his offspring for many years, while also earning a great show jumping name for himself as The Titleist. With riders including Robert Ridland,
Hap Hansen and Eddie Macken, he won multiple Grand Prix and World Cup classes and placed in many big events.

His resume as a breeding stallion is equally impressive. He was selected for the Hanoverian jumper breeding program, for which he produced several offspring, and was one of just a handful Oldenburg North America 5-star stallions, Schutte reports.

“Fuerst Gotthard lived a full productive life, gave us super offspring and memories, got to enjoy a few years of retirement and grazed ‘til his last minutes,” Schutte says. “Rest in peace Fuerst Gotthard, we will miss you.”

For pictures and a more detailed overview of Fuerst Gotthard and offspring go to

Courtney and Mythilus at the U.S. Olympic Dresssage Trials.
Photo: Alicia Anthony

Harmony’s Mythilus
1994 - 2009

Courtney King-Dye’s Olympic mount Harmony’s Mythilus had to be euthanized Oct. 9 in Connecticut after colic surgery revealed an inoperable mass in his colon. King-Dye began competing “Myth” in 2007 and California riders got to see him at one of his peaks during the Olympic Selection Trials last summer, when he finished third. The pair were the highest placed Americans in the Olympic Grand Prix, but they were later disqualified due to positive drug testing results. Throughout the ensuing investigation, King-Dye maintained her innocence of any wrong doing and asserted adamantly that Myth was a horse who needed no artificial help to achieve greatness.

“I feel blessed to have had Myth in my life,” King-Dye told the Chronicle of the Horse. “We went through many struggles and heartbreaks as well as many pinnacles and joyous times. I can’t believe I won’t be greeted by his incredibly enthusiastic, curious and happy face each time I pass his stall. He was a treasure.”

The 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood was sired by Ferro and laid to rest at Bel Aire Farms in Millbrook, NY.

Superstar On The Way

California native Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum and her husband Markus Beerbaum are expecting their first child, a girl due in February. Michaels-Beerbaum has lived in Germany for the last several years and became a German citizen on her way to becoming the top ranked show jumping rider in the world, a goal she set for herself while a student at the Foxfield Riding School many moons ago. She is a three-time World Cup Finals winner, including the 2009 title in Las Vegas. She hopes to defend that honor in Geneva this spring if she can get back in the saddle in time for the April Finals, which would be yet another amazing feat for her.