Like the Spice Girls, Brett Favre and the Green Bay Packers, Dwyane Wade and LeBron James—some reunions seemed destined to happen. Others are contractually preordained.
This one falls into the latter category.
Over Thanksgiving weekend, followers of Reed Kessler’s Instagram were treated to “Cylana spam” in a series of posts documenting the long awaited reunion between Kessler and the iconic mount that shot her to teenage fame in 2011.
The first post, showing a beaming Kessler scratching her “best friend’s” neck from the saddle, drew more than six thousand of likes and over 100 comments from those pleased to see the pair back together.
Kessler and Cylana’s journey reads like a Cinderella story. In 2011, Kessler purchased the relatively untested mare (Cylana had only two FEI shows on record) and within a year had earned the title USEF National Show Jumping Co-Champions alongside US team veteran Margie Engle. The promising pair went on to represent the United States at the London 2012 Summer Olympics, win the Queen Elizabeth II Cup at Spruce Meadows in 2013 and finish second in the CP $1.5 Million in 2014.
“She’s meant everything to me. She brought me to the top of the sport, to places I’d never thought I would go. She gave me confidence when I had no experience in the biggest classes to walking into major championships,” Kessler previously told Horse Network.
In 2016, Cylana was sold to American amateur rider Cloe Hymowitz with the caveat that she’d be returned to Kessler upon retirement. Now the Columbia student and 17-year-old Belgian Warmblood are getting their happily ever after.
Shared Kessler in response to one fan question:
“I have her back for retirement. But she’s still fit so I plan on playing around with her on the weekends. Can’t wait to have her near the city in the spring :).”
While Cylana may have gotten a bit grayer, Kessler’s deep affection for the chestnut mare clearly hasn’t changed.
And the Reed fandom couldn’t be more pleased.
THE QUEEN IS HOME!!! (Why does this make me so emotional omg #crazyhorsegirl , I just love you two 😂😭)summershaikh
With a giant lump in my throat I’m so happy you have each other back! Now that’s a happy Thanksgiving💕aloewha
Best. Thanksgiving. Post. ❤️❤️❤️tidetime