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Equine Death-Holiday’s Question



Holiday’s Question was humanely laid to rest at the age of 25 on Aug. 18, 2009, due to complications of progressive heart failure. The popular blue roan mare was a dominant force in the plantation walking division in the 1990s with 150 career wins in open, amateur and youth competition. She claimed unanimous and multiple titles at prestigious showcases including the International Grand Championships, Kentucky Celebration, Owingsville Lions Club Horse Show, Spring Jubilee and Derby Classic. She was known for her animated way of going and superb rocking chair canter that complemented her riders.

The flashy mare carried Leslie Perry to two world grand championships and five world championships in equitation at the Celebration. In 1993, the team was undefeated at the Celebration, resulting in the permanent retirement of three Celebration challenge trophies in one year, an unprecedented accomplishment.

Holiday’s Question was bred by Charles Swinford of Cynthiana, Ky., and trained throughout her show career by Nicole Carswell at 7th Heaven Farm in Morehead, Ky. She was owned for 23 years by Dr. Leslie Perry of Salt Lick, Ky., until the time of her death.

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