“Never dampen this enthusiasm,
just channel it.”
“The hind legs would love to overtake
the front ones!”
“Fangio is a little surprise package.”
“Spot On is adored by the public
and he loves the attention!”
FAREWELL MIGHTY FUSION
Jayden Brown took over and the combination were well-suited for each other. “Fusion was my favourite horse,” says Jayden. “He was so special, willing, sensitive and talented in all the Grand Prix movements. It was totally heartbreaking for myself and all of us at Willinga. There is neither rhyme nor reason to horses and I feel for Terry and Ginette who also loved Fusion. We all put our hearts and souls into him. He was a full-time job and for sure he gained confidence through doing very simple exercises and believing in himself instead of panicking and not knowing what to do with all his exuberance.
“He loved the long trail rides and the easier life and really had come around to being a superstar. At his last competition, Quincy won the PSG and Fusion was second, and then Fusion won the Inter I and Quincy second. His future looked so promising and he was cruising then.
“It happens and we were all shattered and spent a long and trying time with exhaustive veterinary attention to no avail. His stifle was basically crumbling and everyone had grave fears that he may lay down one time and on getting up totally disrupt his hind leg. This would be catastrophic. The decision to put him down was not easy and fraught with tears.
“He was a very special horse and whenever I rode him I always knew that he turned everyone’s head. He had that awesome presence and impressive athleticism. He was the modern dressage horse who so wanted to do his work for nothing less than a 10 every time! I miss his charming face and joie de vie every day. I have to thank Terry and Fusion for being so lucky to ride such a talent… I wonder if I will ever have another as good as him.” EQ