Shutterfly, Meredith Michaels-Beerbaum’s popular showjumper, was retired in front of a crowd of 40,000 at CHIO Aachen yesterday (17 July).
After winning the Warsteiner Prize at the show on Wednesday (13 July), Meredith decided yesterday to withdraw Shutterfly from that day’s grand prix and retire him while he was still on top.
Shutterfly has been with Meredith since he was six years old, but hasn’t taken part in a prizegiving since he was nine due to his aversion to noise and applause.
Meredith said she was “overwhelmed” by the win last week. “This is my thank you to him,” she said on his retirement.
The 18-year-old by Silvio I and out of Famm has won two World Cup finals, a bronze medal at the 2006 World Equestrian Games and had four Nations Cup victories.
For more see Thursday’s issue of H&H (21 July)