Erynn Ballard’s grand prix mount, Appy Cara, owned by Angelstone Partners, has been sold to Ramiro Quintana of Argentina.
Ballard and the 10-year-old KWPN gelding had a successful 2015 season, with highlights including a dramatic jump-off win during the second week of the Royal West tournament in Calgary, Alberta. The pair took first place in the $45,000 GGT Footing & Whiteline Structures Classic 1.45 m. Earlier in the year, they competed on the fourth-placed Canadian team in the Furusiyya FEI Nations Cup competition at CSIO 4* Coapexpan, in Mexico. In addition, the pair had a second place in the $75,000 RAM Equestrian Grand Prix CSI2* at the Caledon National CSI2*, plus several top five placings at the Angelstone Tournaments this summer. As of December, 15th Appy Cara was ranked fifth in Leading Canadian-owned horses, with $101,524 in earnings.
Ballard said, “In an Olympic year it’s a very hard decision to sell your best horse. The last two seasons with Appy Cara are what dreams are made of. We represented Canada in Mexico on the Nations Cup team and had huge results at the highest level of the sport.
“Angelstone Partners are huge supporters of both Keean [White] and I as riders. It is their goal as a partnership to buy young horses, develop them and ultimately sell the horses. I am very proud to have been a part of the process with Appy Cara and to be a part of this huge sale. Angelstone Partners, Keean and I are looking forward to the future with the young horses we have now and the new ones that come out way. I wish Ramiro and Appy Cara the best of luck and I will be cheering them on all the way to Rio!”
Keean White said, “It was difficult for us to sell the top horse in our stable, but I’m proud to know Appy Cara will get a chance to compete in the Olympics in 2016 with Ramiro, and that is very exciting for us. Erynn did a tremendous job developing this horse, and we look forward to developing many more with her in the coming years!”