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(Jockey Club Name: Smart Gorky (Gorky Park x Smart Jane – Smarten)) is a 2003 17.1h off the track Thoroughbred who came to Lynn in fall 2008 as a flighty youngster with obvious raw talent. Under Lynn’s guidance, Donner progressed to the top of the sport with multiple team appearances and tremendous success at the CCI5* level.

He is a very leggy, classic looking Thoroughbred, elegant on the flat with tremendous scope. Donner loves stale horse cookies, napping, having his ears rubbed, and snorting.

Donner is owned by The Donner Syndicate whose members include: Mary Ann Ghadban, Sarah Berhalter, Judith Berhalter, Amanda Healy, Po Tatham, John Tavana, Madelyn Curto, and Molly and Peter Jenkins.

View Donner's USEA competition results here. View Donner’s FEI results here.

Donner's Career Highlights

  • One of only two horses named to the 2019 USEF Elite Training List

  • Member of the 2018 World Equestrian Games U.S. Team

  • 6th place at the 2018 Land Rover Kentucky CCI4*

  • 3rd place at the 2018 Fork Advanced division

  • 2017 EquiRatings Horse of the Year

  • 2017 The Chronicle of Horse Eventing Horse of the Year

  • 6th place at the 2017 Burghley CCI4*

  • 2nd place at the 2017 Great Meadow CICO3* - member of Gold medal winning U.S. Team

  • 22nd place at the 2017 Badminton CCI4*

  • 6th place at the 2017 Carolina International CIC3*

  • Named to the 2017 USEF High Performance Training List

  • Traveling alternate for the 2016 U.S. Olympic Team

  • 6th place 2016 Ocala Jockey Club CIC***

  • 12th place 2016 Great Meadow International CICO***

  • 17th place 2016 Rolex Kentucky CCI****

  • 3rd place 2016 Carolina International CIC***

  • Named to the 2016 USEF High Performance World Class Training List

  • 14th place 2015 Burghley CCI****

  • Member of the 2015 Aachen CICO*** team

  • 2nd place 2015 Great Meadow International CIC***

  • 4th place 2015 The Fork CIC***

  • 12th place 2015 Rolex Kentucky CCI****

  • Named to compete for the US Team at the 2014 World Equestrian Games

  • Named to 2014 Eventing High Performance Summer/Fall World Class Training List

  • Winner of the 2014 Bromont CIC3*

  • Named to 2014 Eventing High Performance Winter/Spring World Class Training List

  • 2013 The Chronicle of the Horse Eventing Horse of the Year

  • 13th place at the 2013 Pau CCI4* with fastest cross-country round of the day

  • Recipient of Jacqueline B. Mars Training Grant

  • 5th place at the 2013 Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

  • USEF Reserve Champion at 2013 Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

  • Best Conditioned, Best Turned Out, and Highest Placed OTTB at 2013 Rolex Kentucky CCI4*

  • Winner of the 2013 Fork CIC3*

  • Member of the Gold Medal Winning US Team at the 2011 Pan American Games

  • 11th place at 2012 Jersey Fresh CCI3*

  • 13th place at the 2012 Fork CIC3*

  • Winner of the 2010 Land Rover USEA American Eventing Championships Intermediate out of 50+ starters,

  • 4th at the 2009 Area II Preliminary Championships at Virginia

  • Winner of the 2009 Area II Training Championships at Marlborough

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