Carol Lavell was a dressage rider who helped the United States win a bronze medal in team dressage at the 1992 Barcelona Olympics. Riding Gifted Lavell also placed sixth individually in Barcelona. Lavell and Gifted competed at the 1990 World Championships, and won a gold medal at the 1989 North American Dressage Championships in Canada. They later become the first Americans ever to win the Hermes International Dressage Show Grand Prix in England. Lavell also won a silver medal at the 1987 Pan American Games, and she was an eight-time national champion, winning them all between 1985-88. Lavell purchased Gifted, a bay Hanoverian gelding who stood at 17.3 hands, when he was a four-year-old. In discussing the horse with teammate Michael Poulin, he called the horse “gifted” and that became his name.