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Equine Obituary - Heartland Lilac

Former world's grand champion Heartland Lilac, by Dun-Haven Bandolier and out of Heartland Glitter, died Sunday due to complications of colitis which is believed to have been caused by medications being given for a mild case of pneumonia. Heartland Lilac, owned by Kathy Capsuto and trained by Wendy Winstead of Escalade Stables, had quite a career in the amateur harness pony ranks with Capsuto. In 2002, they won the Amateur Harness Pony World's Grand Championship and the Amateur Ladies Harness Pony World's Championship. In 2003, an illness prevented Lilac from defending her titles at the World's Championship Horse Show. Winstead and Capsuto instead took her to the American Royal/UPHA National Championship Horse Show. At Kansas City, Lilac won the Amateur Harness Pony Reserve National Championship and amateur class. Heartland Lilac had just returned from Heartland Hackney Farm where she had been bred to one of Darryl Kolkman's top stallions Heartland Code Of Honor. Lilac was approximately 45 days in foal with her first foal at the time of her death. She was buried at Escalade Stables in Shelbyville, Ky.

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