Kendal Lehari retiring Totally Frank after injury at the Dutta Corp. Fair Hill International

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After rupturing a tendon on cross-country this weekend at Fairhill, Kendal Lehari’s Totally Frank, a nine-year old OTTB, will be retired from Eventing. Kendal explained, “He was going around amazingly but that one slip was all it took.” Kendal is optimistic that Frank may may be able to do jumpers after a long rehabilitation process. However, her plans to compete at the 2015 Toronto Pan Am Games and the 2016 Rio de Janeiro Olympics have been derailed.

Just arriving back to her farm moments ago, Kendal said, ” I just unloaded him and he’s looking very chipper after the journey, so he definitely hasn’t lost any of his spirit! Such a stoic horse.”

In 2011, as a mere six year old, Frank and Kendall stormed around the CCI2* at Fairhill finishing in 3rd place. Kendal knew early in this horse’s career that he was special. This year, Frank was proving his talent and prowess at the three star level with competitive placings including:

  • 2nd CIC3*,  Fairhill International, April 2014
  • 7th CIC3*, Bromont, June 2014
  • 7th  CIC3*,  Richland Park, August 2014
  • 18th CIC3*, Plantation Field, September 2014

Frank had a fan following and a promising career. In fact, our friends at Eventing Nation had predicted him as the winner at Fair Hill this weekend  in Maggie Deatrick’s “By the Numbers.”

At only 27 years of age,  Kendal is one of Canada’s most promising riders. Frank is her third, three star horse that she has produced on her own. In 2009, she brought Understudy to the three star level and in 2013 she blazed around her first four-star at Rolex on Daily Edition.

Kendal said, “I am devastated about Frank’s injury and I will do everything in my power to bring him back to the best he can be. However, I am in this sport for the long haul. As painful as this is, I know this is part of the sport. I have some young horses coming up that I know have potential, but having Frank out of my program leaves me with a a heavy heart.”

Kendal has proven her ability to produce young horses to the upper levels and the loss of Frank as an Eventing partner is a real blow to her career and program. Kendal is looking for owners who want to be part of her journey to compete at major games in the future. Contact Kendall to find how you can join her team:

 

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