Seldom Seen 1970-1996

Breed: Connemara/TB
Age: 1970
Height: 14.2 HH
Breeder: Peggy Whitehurst, Alabama
Owner: Lendon Gray



Above: Seldom Seen's Retirement, Dressage At Devon, 1987


The United States Dressage Federation (USDF) inducted multiple national equine champion Seldom Seen into its Hall of Fame at the Salute Gala on December 1, 2005 in Burbank, CA. Inclusion in the USDF Hall of Fame is an honor bestowed on horses and individuals who have made outstanding contributions to the sport of dressage in the U.S.


Seldom Seen was an American-bred 14.2 hand Thoroughbred-Connemara cross gelding, owned by Peg Whitehurst and trained and ridden by Olympian Lendon Gray. Named for being so small that he could not be seen over the grass as a newborn foal, Seldom Seen was raised to be a Pony Club mount for Peg's daughter Kim.


It was in partnership with Lendon Gray, however, that he reached legendary pony status. He was the USDF Horse of the Year at every level from fourth level to Grand Prix, AHSA Reserve Champion at 2nd level, AHSA Champion at 3rd, 4th, Prix St. Georges, and Intermediaire 1, and earned an individual gold medal at the U.S. Olympic Festival in Syracuse, NY.


After winning the Grand Prix, the Grand Prix Special, and the Grand Prix Freestyle at Dressage at Devon, Seldom Seen was retired in 1987. He passed away in 1996 at the age of 26. According to Gray, "Seldom Seen brought dressage to everyone and showed it was for anyone."


From USDF Press Release


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