Last week, Southern Ways Farm bid adiós to the Mac Cone’s famed mount Ole.
The Dutch Warmblood gelding passed away on November 23 after a lengthy retirement in the care of his longtime groom, Dominique Maida. He was 22.
Ole was best known for his performance at the 2008 Beijing Olympics where he and Cone produced a faultless round in the first leg of team competition. The result, one of only two clears by the Canadian team that day (Eric Lamaze and Hickstead produced the other) put the Canucks in a three-way tie with Brazil and Switzerland for second, with the U.S. in the lead. A minor injury kept Ole and Cone out of the second round. The Canadian team, also represented by Jill Henselwood and Ian Millar, went on to win silver, their first show jumping team medal in 40 years!
The following year, Ole and Cone captured the 2009 Canadian Show Jumping Championships at the Royal Horse Show in Toronto, ON, winning both rounds of the Championship to lead from start to finish.
They went on to represent the maple leaf on multiple FEI Nations Cup teams, helping Canada win the 2010 CSIO 4* Nations Cup in Wellington, FL.
“He was truly one of the greatest horses we have ever had the pleasure of working with,” said Cone in a Facebook post.
“Ole enjoyed his well deserved retirement in the care of his longtime groom Dominique, who looked after him beautifully in his golden years. On behalf of everyone at Southern Ways, we say goodbye and thank you for all of the amazing memories, Ole.”