Poltroon was a successful event horse ridden by American rider Torrance Watkins.

* Color: pinto
* Height: 15.1 hh
* Sex: mare
* Rider: Torrance Watkins
* Breeder: Susie Beckman
* Owner: The Marra Family

Beckman, of Cincinnati, Ohio, bred her pinto pony mare, Frosty, to the Thoroughbred stallion Hopper's Pride.

Despite her small size, Poltroon was awarded the individual bronze medal at the 1980 alternate Olympic Games at Fontainebleau, France, finishing with a score of 75.00 penalty points. This made her rider the first woman to win an Olympic medal in the sport. Additionally, the mare won the 1980 Modified Advanced 3-Day at the Rolex Kentucky Three Day, and finished second at the Badminton Horse Trials.

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  • poltroon — (n.) spiritless coward, 1520s, from M.Fr. poultron rascal, coward, from It. poltrone lazy fellow, coward, apparently from *poltro couch, bed (Cf. Milanese polter, Venetian poltrona couch ), perhaps from a Germanic source (Cf. O.H.G. polstar… …   Etymology dictionary

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  • poltroon — 1. noun /pɒlˈtɹuːn,pɑlˈtɹun/ An ignoble or total coward; a dastard; a mean spirited wretch. To gain life by means of a breach of faith and honour, were indeed to render myself the poltroon, and the villain my accusers believe me. Syn …   Wiktionary

  • poltroon — I. noun Etymology: Middle French poultron, from Old Italian poltrone, probably akin to poltro colt, ultimately from Latin pullus young of an animal more at foal Date: circa 1529 a spiritless coward ; craven II. adjective Date: 1645 characterized… …   New Collegiate Dictionary

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