Horse Likely Died Of Natural Causes

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Another Rolex three-day event is in the history books. The competition wrapped up on Sunday afternoon.

But, the cross-country event was once again marred by tragedy as a horse collapsed and died on the course Saturday.

As of Sunday afternoon the horses exact cause of death had not been ruled, but early indications point to natural causes.

And it's not believed the course had anything to do with the veteran horses death.

It was during Saturday's Cross Country phase of the Rolex, the 13-year-old Irish sport horse, fell after jumping a fench and died on the course.

"We believe the horse died of natural causes," said FEI veterinary delegate Catherine Kohn.

"Early reports showed bleeding in the abdomen, likely from some kind of rupture," Kohn went on to say.

The rider, Mike Winter, was taken to Gerogetown Hospital and later released.

Duing the 2008 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, two horses died in the cross-country phase and one rider was critically injured.

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