On April 25, 2013, Etched At The Ritz was humanely laid to rest due to complications of joint deterioration discovered during a routine exam for arthritis of the hip. She will be sadly missed by her loving owner of 12 years, Carol Canerday of White Acres in Singer, La., where “Ritz” had resided since her retirement from the show ring.
By He’s Puttin’ On The Ritz and out of the Generator mare, Gen’s Etched In Gold, the beautiful mare caught the eye of Canerday as a coming two-year-old and found her forever home.
After many blue ribbons during her eight-year career that began under the tutelage of Jerry Woodlee and earned her the Two-Year-Old Mare National Futurity Championship in 2001, Etched At The Ritz retired from the high-toned life of a “show ring diva” to the laid-back life of a trail-riding “country girl”.
Within a year or so of adjusting to a relaxed barn schedule, her impish personality began to surface and the intimate relationship between a horse and a loving owner developed.  All that remained of the “diva” was the occasional toss of the head to let you know she really didn’t like what she was asked to do.
Said Canerday, “She will be sadly missed, especially at evening feeding time when I’d take her to a special clover patch for a few minutes of grazing before closing the barn gate for the night.

 “I thank you ‘Ritz’ for many hours of  pleasurable companionship during the 12 years I owned, rode and loved you.”