Just two weeks after more than 400 people gathered to unveil a life-sized statue of New Zealand's greatest stallion, Sir Tristram, the man who made him who he was, Patrick Hogan, was in a hospital fighting for his life.
At the same unveiling in mid-November, Hogan’s book, Give a Man a Horse, was issued and is already a bestseller.
The 70-year -old Hogan had major heart surgery in a New Zealand hospital. While on the table just prior to surgery, he passed out and doctors rushed to his side to revive him.
Hogan has been laid low a few times in recent years, and the weekend of Nov. 24, Kiwi doctors discovered it was his heart that was causing the health problems. Doctors operated on Hogan, who has been fitted with a pacemaker. He is at home at his fabled Cambridge Stud in Cambridge, New Zealand, and recovering well, according to reports.
Cambridge Stud is home to New Zealand’s legendary stallion Zabeel, a son of Sir Tristram. Both Cambridge Stud champion stallions each have sired three group 1 Melbourne Cup winners.