We are all sorry to hear that Allison Springer has lost one of the brightest rising stars in her string, Athlone Anto.
Since being imported in 2014, the 10-year-old Irish Sport Horse owned by the Athlone Anto Syndicate, LLC, and Allison have been been forging a promising partnership, moving up to the three-star level last fall and finishing fifth in the Galway Downs CCI3*.
Allison wrote on her Facebook page:
All of us at Allison Springer Eventing are absolutely devastated to report that Athlone Anto better known to his friends as Anthony (or to his British family as “Snotty”) passed away unexpectedly yesterday morning at our Virginia facility.
Anthony was a horse who was larger than life. He had a fabulous personality, loved to work hard and also enjoyed any kind of food or a good beer. He showed tremendous talent and was everyone’s favorite from our vets, to the farriers, to the girls at the barn. The barn will not be the same without him and we will miss him very much! We would like to extend our deepest gratitude and condolences to Anthony’s wonderful owners and friends at this very sad time.
EN joins in sending our sympathies to Allison and Anthony’s connections.