"The saddest sound in the world is the last heartbeat."
THE PASSING OF EMBAJADOR... a true ambassador.
The equestrian community has lost one of it's fnest ambassadors. Sadly, Linda and Allan Hamid's beloved Andalusian stallion, Embajador XI, died April 30, 2000.
On Saturday, April 29, 2000, Hamid Hill Farm's twelve year old Andalusian stallion, Embajador XI and his classical dressage trainer Bettina Drummond enjoyed a beautiful ride together.
hilltop arena, basking in the sun of the glorious spring day, they
harmoniously performed their classic piaffers, passage and pirouettes. With
the wind blowing in their faces, they shared what was to be a last fleeting
moment of pure joy.
On Sunday, April 30, Linda and Allan
Hamid's beloved Andalusian stallion Embajador XI,. peacefully passed away.
Like the candle in the wind, his fragile flame was extinguished forever. Two
years prior, surgery had saved him from his rare form of colic, but this
was not to be...
Embajador XI was the Hamid's purebred pride
and joy, the first-born son of their imported Spanish stallion Embajador IX
and their lovely mare, Bandolera.
Embajador is the Spanish word for ambassador. Embajador XI was the perfect 'Ambassador' of the Andalusian, as he embodied all the attributes of the breed: classic beauty, courage, natural collection, lightness, temperament and nobility.
Linda Hamid comments that "Embajador
XI was a living symbol of the partnership of horse and rider. With Embajador
XI and Bettina, there was a sense of oneness. they projected an image of
grace, artistry and harmony."
Embajador XI was honored to be selected as
a Breyer horse model representing the Andalusian breed. The likeness if the
dapple-gray Andalusian in a classical pose was re-created in a traditional
size model with his name, Embajador XI, on the Breyer box and sold
internationally in 1996 and 1997.
Collectors loved seeing the Breyer model in
person. Allan Hamid fondly recalls what happened after Embajador XI and
Bettina's performances: "Children would come up and ask if they could
touch him or kiss him. Embajador seems to like their gentle caresses. At one
charity benefit on behalf of Cystic Fibrosis, children and adults lined up
to have their pictures taken with the sweet stallion. It was truly
heart-warming to see."
In Spanish attire, Bettina and Embajador XI
presented classical exhibitions at the Greenwich Polo Club and always
featured Embajador's signature 'levade'. Even polo players were impressed at
the end, as Bettina and Embajador charged across the field at full gallop to
the William Tell Overture.
The strong bond between Embajador XI and
Bettina was unique and rare. Her deep feelings for the stallion can only be
expressed in her own words.
"Embajador XI was not my horse, but I
became his 'person'. He picked me and said right from the beginning of our
friendship: "What is it I can do to make you happy?" I will,
perhaps, train bigger horses, athletic, gifted ones, but I will never train
a more generous or loving one. I improved as a rider because of his gift --
that of devoted kindness. It made me hear again, clear as a bell, that the
only valid question any rider of any level should ask of his horse should
be, "What can I do to make you feel we are having the best time?"
Embajador's answer, no matter what I did or
tried to change in order to make him feel right was always the same: he
smiled at me. He smiled with his whole being, from his ears always eagerly
forward, to his tail happily swaying. He embodied what I had always known I
loved in Iberian horses: their joy in sharing. How could one not match that
devotion with every fiber of one's talent and being? Today I had a moment of
hesitation, putting his saddle on his brother's back, but I did it because
his special, loving kindness needed to go on and be shared by becoming a
part of all my efforts with the horses in the barn he had left.
His story has been heard, and its tale is
one of loving glances, quiet effort and unconditional support. We weave
magic with horses, and the magic in this little horse was in the greatness
of his heart. The special memory of the pleasure we shared in dancing
together will only be equaled by the enormity of the privilege it was to be
known by him.
Embajador XI loved and was loved."
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