After culminating a widely successful international career with long-time rider Jennifer Wooten-Macouzet and a nearly perfect Preliminary season with junior rider Mia Farley, The Good Witch is set to have an official retirement ceremony at Galway Downs next weekend.
Now 18 years old, Daisy and Donn Tognazzini’s mare will enjoy a special retirement ceremony preceding the CCI3* awards ceremony at Galway Downs on Sunday, Nov. 2. Jennifer and “Pooh” contested five of the six CCI4* events around the world, and the mare was name 2008 USEA Mare of the Year and 2010 Adequan USEA Gold Cup Champion. She retired from upper level competition in 2012, and Mia took over the reins in 2013.
With Mia Farley, the mare enjoyed more success at Preliminary, earning several wins before finishing the season with a Reserve Championship in the Junior Preliminary division at the Nutrena American Eventing Championships.
“Pooh is with out a doubt my once in a life time horse. She made things possible for me I never dreamed of, and together we enjoyed years of success at the sports top level,” Jennifer said in a press release from Athletux. “She was the horse everyone hopes to have, but few are fortunate enough to find, and I will always be grateful to her owner’s Daisy and Donn Tognazzini for allowing me to be the one leaving the start box on her.”
Mia, who has Team USA aspirations, credits Pooh with a lot of the learning experience she’s been able to enjoy this year. “There is so much I feel I can do now thanks to her, and I will always be grateful for everything Pooh taught me. I want to thank everyone who made it possible for me to ride and compete her, as it has been an unforgettable experience,” Mia said.
EN will be covering Galway Downs this year, so stay tuned for much more from what is sure to be an emotional and sentimental retirement ceremony for one of the great mares of the sport.