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DeLovely Loses Big Red and Nashville Predator

It has been a bad 48 hours for the DeLovely Farm family as they lost two stars. Winner of five consecutive Roadster To Bike World’s Grand Championships with owner/trainer Raymond Shively, Big Red died of complications from colic. He was 14. In 2004, J.D. Gardner had driven Big Red to the USTA Roadster Classic World’s Championship. Shively and Big Red were popular competitors wherever they went, with Big Red spraying the turns with sawdust.

Just the day before, four-year-old The Nashville Predator died from a compaction. He had had a few other issues going on and thought he was fine and then took a sudden turn for the worse. The Nashville Predator was four for four last year with Todd Miles, including the Sec. II of the Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Stallion/Gelding World’s Championship and the UPHA Three-Year-Old Five-Gaited Classic Grand Championship to close the year at the UPHA/American Royal. The Nashville Predator was currently owned by the Bob Grom family.

Both of these horses had only been to one show this year. Complete details and tribute stories will follow.

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