This sensitive soul may have relaxed to classical music in his stable, but in the arena he was a powerhouse, says Jennifer Donald, winning a hat-trick of World Cup Finals
“Everyone dreams of having a wonderful partnership in their lives, whether it’s with a husband or a child — in my case, it was with a horse,” says Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum, talking of course about Shutterfly.
The exquisitely beautiful bay gelding was a powerhouse in the ring, helping his petite rider secure victory in three World Cup Finals, the Aachen grand prix and a European Championship during a 12-year relationship in which they ruled the world. But behind Shutterfly’s dazzling stage presence lay a complex character, who was plagued by anxiety in his younger days and never felt fully comfortable in his sporting surroundings.
US-born German rider Meredith discovered a six-year-old Shutterfly competing at a national show near her home in northern Germany during the summer of 1999.
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