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Blues for an Orange redhead
Alice Higgins
November 22, 1971
Brendan was one of my mistakes," said Patrick Butler, a generous supporter of the U.S. Equestrian Team. He made the remark in New York's Madison Square Garden at the National Horse Show, the last and most prestigious event on the U.S. calendar, and he was referring to the chestnut gelding being awarded the Professional Horsemen's Association Trophy, a prize based on points earned in PHA classes throughout the year. Butler was not lamenting Brendan's success but the fact that the horse no longer belongs to him. He had bought the gelding as an international jumper but sold him to a Mexican team member for $10,000 when it was decided that the horse was not going to make the grade. Then came the 1967 Pan-American Games, where Butler's horse Untouchable, with Kathy Kusner in the saddle, was jumping off for the bronze medal against Captain Manuel Mendivil Yucupicio on Veracruz—none other than the erstwhile Brendan—and to Patrick Butler's chagrin, his reject was the winner.
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November 22, 1971

Blues For An Orange Redhead

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Later he added, "Sloopy's a character, the best horse I've ever ridden, but he's not satisfied to just stand around in the stall. He's always trying to play, and if you're not looking he'll give you a nip, then gaze off into space with an innocent 'Who, me?' look when you turn around."

Shapiro, on the subject of Sloopy, was positively garrulous compared with Rodney Jenkins on the subject of Brendan. Jenkins might safely be termed laconic. When asked about the latest PHA champion, he thought for a moment and observed, "He's a nice horse."

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