The eventing community continues to reel over the news that Terry and Linda Paine have decided Hawley Bennett-Awad will no longer ride Gin & Juice after a 10-year partnership, and she released a statement this afternoon thanking all those who have expressed their support:
“I was incredibly saddened and shocked by the Paine’s recent actions,” Hawley said. “For nearly the past decade, Ginny has secured a place in my heart that is very special and will always belong to her.”
“Our partnership is one I cherish, and I feel very fortunate to have ridden and trained her for so long. I am overwhelmed by the support I have received from everyone during this very difficult time and want to thank all of you have reached out for your kind words.”
Horse & Hound has called the severed relationship “one of the highest profile splits on the world stage in recent years” in a blog published today. The original story on Eventing Nation has nearly 15,000 views.
We will continue to bring you more on the split as the story develops.