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  • Writer's pictureCatie Staszak

Artisan Farms' Brighton Retires from the Sport

Tiffany Foster retired Artisan Farms' Brighton Sunday at tbird. Photo ©tbird/Kim Gaudry

On Saturday, Tiffany Foster (CAN) announced the retirement of her longtime partner Brighton from international sport.

"There will never be another horse like Brighty for me. Anyone who knows him knows how special he is," Foster shared in a heartfelt Instagram post. "He is the smartest horse I'ver ever ridden and the most fierce competitor. He taught me how to win, and I will be forever grateful that Andy and Carlene Ziegler decided to buy him when he was 7 years old to allow me the privilege to develop and ride him for so many years."

Artisan Farms' accomplished 18-year-old gelding was honoured with an official retirement ceremony before the CSI4* Odlum Brown Grand Prix Sunday afternoon, recognizing the many accomplishments that Foster and Brighton shared in their 11 years together in the sport. 

Among the highlights are 30 international victories and 59 international podiums, including five international Grand Prix wins up to the four-star level. The big-hearted bay was known for his prowess in speed competitions, but he also represented Canada on two occasions in Nations Cup competition, jumping clear in the CSIO4* Nations Cup at tbird in 2017. His final win came in a CSI2* Grand Prix at Terranova (USA) in March of this year.

Brighton's consistent excellence over his career is supported by remarkable numbers. From 242 international starts recorded by Jumpr App, Brighton jumped clear 57% of the time, averaging just 1.4 faults. At 1.45m and 1.50m, he was at his best, averaging just 1.2 faults and jumping clear rounds at a 61% clip from 194 starts. 

Happy retirement, Brighton!


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