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Ava was passed over time and time again at CANTER Mid Atlantic for being too downhill. Look at her now!  Working with Southern Pines Eventer and trainer Andrew McConnon, she is competing beyond expectations. Photo by Shannon Brinkman

A downhill mare nobody wanted moves on up

Ava was not a pretty girl. Standing 15-hands even, the bay mare appeared to have such a sloping, downhill build that some wondered if the poor thing was slightly deformed. “At one point I measured her, and she was several inches” shorter in the front than in the back, says CANTER Mid Atlantic Executive Director Allie Conrad. To make matters worse, Ava was having none of it from people. She didn’t want to play, and she appeared so immature in development that the idea of putting a regular-sized rider on her back seemed preposterous, Conrad says. Her Ways Okay New […]