Orpheus, the Dutch Warmblood stallion Jessica Ransehousen rode on the U.S. team in the 1988 Olympics, was humanely destroyed at Ransehousen's farm in Unionville, Pa., on Dec. 24. He was 24. Orpheus was by Solaris--Jomia.
Ransehousen said Orpheus had colicked 10 days earlier and had mild colic again on the 24th. Ransehousen said sedation had not relieved his symptoms and that he was facing colic surgery. "We decided we didn't want him to suffer any more stress or discomfort," she said. Orpheus was buried on Ransehousen's farm.
Show jumper Bernie Traurig imported Orpheus in the mid-'80s, and Ransehousen first saw him when she judged him under Traurig's wife, Christine, at Prix St. Georges at an AHSA regional championships. Sue Curry of Colorado then bought him but was unable to syndicate him after winning the U.S. Dressage Federation Horse of the Year award at Prix St. Georges in 1985. So she asked Ransehousen if she could syndicate him. Ransehousen agreed to syndicate him on the condition she competed him. She constructed a 16-member syndicate to purchase him from Curry's sponsor.
In 1987 Orpheus and Ransehousen were the USDF Horse of the Year at Intermediaire II (66.67%) and runner-up at Grand Prix (65.70%). He was also fifth in the U.S. Equestrian Team Grand Prix Championships (59.76%). In 1988 he was the USDF Horse of the Year at Grand Prix (66.46%) and Intermediaire II (66.03%), and he was the second-highest-scoring U.S. horse at the Olympics in Seoul. Ransehousen retired him to stud after the Olympics.
"He always wanted to excel. He would never stoop to being tired," said Ransehousen. "He was always a pleasure to have around, and he was a good friend."
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