Half a Year, who was an English champion miler, was euthanized this summer due to complications from colic. The 21-year-old son of Riverman stood as the property of Danny Dion at Paddockhurst Stables near Nisku, Alberta, Canada.Half a Year earned his championship for his breeders, John and Betty Mabee, owners of Golden Eagle Farm near Ramona, Calif. A Kentucky-bred, Half a Year was England's champion 3-year-old miler in 1987 after winning the St. James's Palace Stakes (Eng-II) at Royal Ascot. He later was returned to North America and placed in the 1989 Rolling Green Handicap (gr. IIIT) at Golden Gate Fields.Half a Year retired with three wins from eight starts and earnings of $141,220 and entered stud at Golden Eagle. He sired a dozen stakes winners, including millionaire Full Moon Madness and grade II winner Yearly Tour. The popular Full Moon Madness won or placed in 27 California stakes.Half a Year, who was produced from the Northern Dancer mare Six Months Long, stood the past two years at Paddockhurst. He was buried at the farm.
Golden Eagle Farm owners Betty Mabee and her son Larry Mabee announced Aug. 7 a six-month plan to reduce their horse inventory along with an extended timeline to sell their San Diego County-based farmland.