Seldom Seen

Breed

Connemara

Sire

Mitipo (Thoroughbred)

Grandsire

Michel (Thoroughbred)

Dam

Tarsdown Tully (Connemara)

Damsire

Georgias Mister Irish (Connemara)

Sex

Gelding

Foaled

1970

Colour

Gray

Owner

Peg Whitehurst

Trainer

Lendon Gray

Seldom Seen (1970 - 1996) was a horse that competed at the highest levels of dressage with his rider, Lendon Gray. He stood just 14.2 hh.

American-bred Seldom Seen was trained and competed by the Olympic dressage rider Lendon Gray. The pony was originally intended to be a Pony Club mount for Kim, the daughter of Peg Whitehurst. He won USDF Horse of the Year awards from Third Level through Grand Prix, as well as an individual gold medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Syracuse, NY. He was also AHSA Reserve Champion at 2nd level and AHSA Champion at 3rd, 4th, Prix St. Georges, and Intermediaire 1.

The impressive pony was retired in 1987, after winning the Grand Prix, Grand Prix Special, and Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon. He died in 1996, at the age of 26.

Although very small for a Grand Prix dressage horse, and described as an average mover, Seldom Seen was very successful, and was particularly loved by the public because he was an "average" horse that performed spectacularly. The pony was inducted into the USDF Hall of Fame in 2005.

Google video of his retirement ceremony at Dressage at Devon in 1987. The video explains how he got his name.