Fate’s Secret, a 24-year-old Thoroughbred owned by Laura Duhamel, collapsed and died after completing cross-country in the junior beginner novice division of the Area III championship at Poplar Place Farm in Hamilton, Ga., on June 4.
Victoria Blake, of Lilburn, Ga., was the rider, and she was not hurt.
Duhamel competed Fate's Secret from 2001 through 2006 and rode him to the preliminary level. He returned to competition in 2016 with Blake and finished second in the Pine Top Spring Horse Trials (Ga.) at beginner novice in March.
Jersey Fresh has released an official statement today, May 14, over social media that Inoui Van Bost, who was ridden in the CCI** by Skyler Decker, was seriously injured in a fall at fence 19, a trakehner.
The horse was transported to New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone, N.J., where the decision was made to euthanize him.
Flipping to the back of Equestrian magazineto see who’d been set down used to be a guilty pleasure most U.S. Equestrian Federation members indulged in first thing when their copy of the official publication hit their mailbox. Digital access to this information via the USEF website only made it easier to discover who might have been complementing their training with a dose of mother’s little helper.
Veterinarian Kathy Broaddus always dreamed of someday completing the 100-mile Western States Trail Ride, better known as the Tevis Cup. But, you know, I’ve always dreamed of competing at the Olympic Games too, and for an amateur rider with a full-time job and no magic money tree in the backyard, the odds of doing either were about as unlikely.
However, Broaddus, of Bluemont, Va., accomplished a remarkable feat this summer when she managed to not only complete the notoriously difficult endurance ride, but also to finish in the top 10 in her first attempt on Aug. 1.
A group of veterinarians and riders affiliated with the University of Bern (Switzerland) are interested in improving horse health and safety. They’re studying collapse and sudden death in horses in order to design strategies to prevent these episodes.
If you’ve ridden, trained or treated a horse that collapsed or died during or near exercise they’re hoping you’ll fill out a questionnaire.
They say you never know if your horse is a four-star horse or if you’re a four-star rider until you’ve cantered through the finish flags on the final day. We asked a number of four-star first-timers from the Rolex Kentucky CCI**** over the weekend what it felt like to achieve that monumental goal.
Forty-two horses presented at the final horse inspection on a chilly Sunday morning at the Kentucky Horse Park, and of those, 41 will go on to show jumping.
There was a bit of drama early on amongst the international group when two British horses were held—William Fox-Pitt’s Bay My Hero (sitting fourth after cross-country) and Nicola Wilson’s Annie Clover (10th after cross-country). Both horses were pass upon re-inspection. Their teammate Francis Whittington didn’t present Easy Target.