Following on the heels of an impressive fourth-place finish in their CCI5*-L debut at the Longines Luhmühlen Horse Trials, Frankie Thieriot Stutes has announced she is offering owner memberships for Chatwin.
Receiving the $50,000 Rebecca Broussard International Developing Rider Grant last year, coupled with a free flight as the winners of the 2018 Dutta Corp/USEF CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) National Championships, gave Frankie the funding she needed to make the trip to Germany for Luhmühlen.
Now, as she looks to continue campaigning her 11-year-old Oldenburg — who was 2018 Eventing Nation Horse of the Year and the only horse in the world to win two CCI3* (now CCI4*-L) last year — Frankie needs help covering Chatwin’s annual expenses.
“I have thought for awhile of how to create an opportunity unlike any other for people to be involved as an owner of a top horse where they do not have to pay very much, where it can all be tax-deductible, where they have all the perks of owning a top level horse, and where they can decide annually whether or not they are able to participate,” Frankie said.
“I hope this opportunity makes it possible for people who could never afford to own a 5* horse to be behind the scenes as an owner and be involved. I am only offering 10 participation shares and would like to keep this group and number as small and intimate as I can, with the opportunity for someone to buy more than one if they wish.”
Frankie is looking ahead to going back across the pond to contest another overseas international in the fall, and she is hoping to sell enough owner memberships to make that a reality.
Ten owner memberships are available for $5,000 each, and are 100% tax-deductible and can be renewed annually. Owner memberships include behind-the-scenes updates on Chatwin; owner access at events; a weekend wine country getaway in Sonoma County, California; and logo gear.