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Old Friends Ronnie Beard and Betty Oare Reunite over Purchase of Danube

Wellington, FL – September 27, 2006 – Danube, owned and trained by Wyndmont stable of Wellington, FL, and Jack Towell of Camden, SC, was recently purchased by Betty Oare. Danube was the winner of the $10,000 Hermes Hunter Classic at the Hampton Classic Horse Show in 2006 and was ridden by Harden Towell. Danube was also the winner of this years prestigious $25,000 Hunter Classic in Conyers, GA, with Liza Towell aboard. He has been Champion of every Second Year Green Division that Liza Towell has shown him in since June.

“Ronnie Beard sent Danube to us this spring, and he is just darling,” Towell, Sr said. “He’s a sweet, sweet horse, and I do not say that lightly. Danube is a warmblood in a thoroughbred’s body. He has the temperament and quietness of a warmblood, and the beauty and body type of a thoroughbred,” he explained. “He does exactly what we ask and always comes out of the box to win. What more can I ask for?” he laughed.

The eight year old Dutch Gelding will be piloted by Liza this fall at indoors in the Second Year Green Division, and Oare will start seriously showing him this winter. Oare was Reserve Champion at Tryon, NC, in the Adults last week, winning her first hunter class ever on her new mount. “Danube is very nice to ride,” she said. “Besides showing, he is a really sweet horse in the barn and on the trails. I think he will like living in Virginia,” she smiled. “He has a beautiful jump and long stride and will stand patiently for hours waiting for the jog.”

“I have known Ronnie Beard forever,” Oare remembered. “When I purchased Danube, he said, ‘I have only sold you one horse before, do you remember who that was?’ I recalled immediately that it was Spirit of Song in 1983. He was a chestnut like Danube and was Champion for me at the Garden as a four year old. He was ridden by my son Morey later in life. Spirit of Song was by Spirit of Seventy Six out of a Battle Whip mare named Battle Song,” she added.

Betty Reynolds Oare was raised with horses on the family farm in Tryon, NC, and she has been a longtime resident of Warrenton, VA. She learned to ride with the help of her horseman father, J. Arthur Reynolds. She rode successfully as a junior in the equitation and hunter divisions at shows throughout Virginia. Betty Reynolds made a splash by winning the Virginia Horse Show Association Medal Finals, which were judged by the US Equestrian Team coach, Bertalan deNemethy. Oare was featured in the “Pat on the Back” section of Sports Illustrated magazine, and her win at the Washington International Horse Show (WIHS) took the entire back page of the magazine and had her photo featured.

Betty Reynolds became Betty Oare when she married Ernest M. Oare in 1964. Together they now own EMO Stables in Warrenton, VA.

She rode professionally for her father’s farm after graduating from the Junior ranks. She rode Forty Winks to the Green Working Hunter Championship in 1965 at the WIHS and had more top appearances in the Regular Working Hunters on Navy Commander. In 1979, she and Gabriel won the Green Conformation Hunter Championship.

Betty decided to declare her amateur status in 1981. On Spirit of Song, she captured the Amateur-Owner Hunter Championship in 1983 and 1984. More recently, she rode Estrella to the Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunter Championship in 2002 and won again with Fiddler’s Bridge in 2003. 2002 was a banner year for Estrella and Betty. Not only did Estrella win the Amateur-Owner championship at the WIHS, but she was also the Regular Working Hunter champion. Her success throughout the year led to the USEF Horse of the Year National Championship in the Amateur-Owner 36 & Over Hunter division.

In addition to being a decorated competitor, Oare is also an USEF “R” rated judge. She and her husband, Ernest Oare, own a young grand prix horse named Copado that was recently third in the Culpeper Grand Prix with Chris Kappler.

Betty will be showing Danube at the National Horse Show this winter in Wellington, FL. “Having known Ronnie for so long, it is fun to share a horse and memories with him,” Oare said.

“I am very pleased to have owned such a nice horse,” Beard reflected. “I am so thrilled that he is going to a nice home.”



PHOTO CREDIT: Danube at the Hampton Classic. Photo by Jon Kassel.

 

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