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“Top U.S. Finishers”: Equestrian Community Grieves Loss of Beloved Horse Racing Champion

Published 09/23/2023, 2:45 PM EDT

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In the equestrian sport, there are horses that become true legends, leaving an indelible mark on the sport’s history and captivating the hearts of those who had the privilege of witnessing their greatness. One such legendary horse was Mr. Stevart, a remarkable and talented equine athlete.

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Mr. Medicott, affectionately known as Cave. He passed away at the age of 24 on 20th September this year. His incredible achievements in the equestrian world ensure that he will always be remembered. He reached the pinnacle of success by winning a gold medal at the Olympics and excelling in top-level five-star competitions, making him a true icon in the equestrian sport.

USA Eventing Pays Tribute to the Legacy of ‘Cave’


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Recently, on Facebook, USA Eventing shared a touching picture of Mr. Stewart with the caption: “US Equestrian mourns the passing of Mr. Medicott. ‘Cave’ was a stalwart event horse who achieved impressive results with multiple riders throughout his remarkable career.

They further added that “Karen O’Connor and Mr. Medicott were the top U.S. finishers, securing a memorable ninth-place finish at the prestigious 2012 Olympic Games. Phillip Dutton formed an exceptional partnership with Mr. Medicott, resulting in a commendable fourth-place finish in the challenging 2013 Pau CCI4* and a triumphant victory at the 2017 Rolex/USEF CCI4* Eventing National Championship in Kentucky. As a fitting end to his illustrious career, Mr. Medicott teamed up with Phillip’s daughter, Olivia Dutton, and together they played a pivotal role in securing gold for the Area II 2* team at the 2018 Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships, proudly presented by Gotham North.”


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Mr. Medicott’s legacy is undeniably etched in the history of equestrian sports, ensuring that he will forever hold a special place in the hearts and memories of all who had the privilege of knowing him.

Mr. Medicott: Equestrian Legend’s Journey and Retirement


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Mr. Medicott, hailing from the prestigious bloodline of the renowned show jumping stallion Cruising, was meticulously bred by Dr. Donal Geany. He was born in 1999 in Ireland, and his original name was Crag Cave Slieveluachra.  Mr. Medicott’s illustrious career began under Francis Connors in Ireland before embarking on an international journey with Germany’s Frank Ostholt. He achieved team gold for Germany at the 2008 Olympics and represented them at the 2010 World Equestrian Games. On July 19, 2018, in a touching ceremony at Rebecca Farm in Kalispell, Montana, he retired at the age of 19, marking his 50th international competition with a gold medal win at the Adequan FEI North American Youth Championships, alongside Olivia Dutton.

After receiving honours, Mr. Medicott made his final appearance in the main arena, accompanied by his longtime groom, Max Corcoran, and Olivia. Phillip expressed his gratitude, saying, “It’s been an incredible honour to be part of this amazing horse’s career.” Mr. Medicott then returned to his well-deserved retirement at Phillip’s True Prospect Farm in West Grove, Pennsylvania.


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The recent passing of Mr. Medicott, affectionately known as Cave, marks the end of a legendary journey. His remarkable achievements, from winning Olympic gold to excelling in top-level competitions, solidify his enduring legacy in the sport. Mr. Medicott’s story is a testament to the indomitable spirit of equine athletes and the lasting impact they leave on the hearts and memories of those who witnessed their greatness.

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Written by:

Maleehah Shakeel


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Maleehah Shakeel is a US Sports writer at EssentiallySports.She is an avid sports enthusiast and comes with a staunch background in content writing. A holder of a master’s degree, Maleehah has created a penchant for all things and delved into the world of sports.
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