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Lyndal Oatley’s Potifar has passed away

Equestrian Life

Published 7 Oct 2024

Lyndal Oatley’s first Grand Prix horse, Potifar, has sadly passed away aged 26 in Germany.

Lyndal began riding the Dutch warmblood gelding, by Jazz out of Mirthe (Pion), whilst now-husband Patrik Kittel away competing at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. A great match, Lyndal became Potifar’s permanent rider and two years later they earned a start on the Australian dressage team at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Kentucky. This was of course to be the first of many Australian team appearances for Lyndal.

In 2011, Lyndal and ‘Pot’ helped secured Australia’s London Olympic team place by winning the Regional Olympic qualifier in Ermelo, The Netherlands.

“He was many firsts,” said Lyndal in her tribute to Pot. “My first Grand Prix, first Special, first Freestyle, Patrik Kittel’s first 10. He was instrumental in securing Australia’s team placing for the London Games, producing arguably our best test ever for a 71%.”

Lyndal credits the horse with making her the rider and trainer she is today. “Pot taught me everything… with him you had to throw away the rule book and purely react and focus on him… and I am so thankful for that, as to this day, my lack of nerves is thanks to him. He was quirky, cheeky and affectionate, with the loudest snore you have ever heard.”

Cushing’s disease and allergies unfortunately halted the horse’s career at age 15, however he lived out his retirement in luxury at Lyndal and Patrik’s place with the couple’s other retirees.

“After losing his best mate a few months ago at the age of 28, Weltspiel, Pot never really bounced back from his loss, and it was time to let him join his best mate at the age of 26. While there is a huge hole left by both my special boys, I find some peace that they are together and lived their lives to the full.

Equestrian Life’s thoughts at with Lyndal Oatley at this difficult time. It’s always heartbreaking to lose these special ones, but what an incredible life and an amazing contribution to Australian dressage. Rest in peace, Pot.