Anna Buffini, 22, of Escondido knew there was something special about Sundayboy when she got goosebumps the first time she rode him. Sundayboy and Anna swept the Young Rider division on their way to helping Region 7 bring home the NAJYRC Team Gold at the 2014 Del Mar National. Sundayboy, originally ridden by multi-Olympian Guenter Seidel, who is Anna’s California coach, and Anna have been competing and winning together ever since.
Anna’s last two competition rides on Sundayboy were in Wellington on March 22 and March 24, where she helped the US team win the CDIO Under-25 Nations Cup and she took the top spot as an individual two days later in the Grand Prix Freestyle. Those were Sundayboy’s last competitions and he went out in grand style!
Buffini describes Sundayboy as her “best friend” and now all of us will have a chance to share in this special friendship. Buffini has decided it is time to give her 18-year-old partner a new chapter, retiring him from international competition. As a sendoff, the pair will perform their final Freestyle under the Saturday night lights here at Del Mar.