(Originally published in Dressagedaily.com 2010)
By Lynndee Kemmet
Washington, Conn. – Ingred Lin’s Lusitano stallion Quemacho HI helped his owner find pleasure in life during the years she battled cancer. And now, four year’s after Lin’s death, Quemacho is again showing the beauty in life with another partner who has experienced cancer.
Quemacho, along with Lin’s other Lusitano stallion, Queba, both now 18 and owned by Lin’s son Adam Pollak of White Fences Equestrian Center in Loxahatchee, Florda, have been under the care and training of rider Bettina Drummond for the past two years. This summer, Drummond herself was diagnosed with early stage breast cancer. She had surgery at New Milford Hospital in Connecticut to remove the tumor in mid-August and a week of radiation treatment soon after. Within two weeks of surgery, she was back in the saddle on Quemacho (Embaixador II x Estria) certain that the connection and trust they had developed was such that he would watch out for her just as he had for Lin.