Horse Likely Died Of Natural Causes

By: Andy Cunningham Email
By: Andy Cunningham Email

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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  • by Tim Location: Lexington, KY on Apr 28, 2009 at 04:27 AM
    I just watched the video of the 1978 meet that later became "Rolex". The jumps were more difficult and dangerous then. The current injuries come from a multitude of reasons, none with easy fixes. Several new rules were instituted this year, none of which could prevent an internal rupture of a running horse.
  • by Mia Location: Frankfort on Apr 27, 2009 at 11:20 AM
    I think they should do away with the cross country event or make the jumps more manageable. I used to attend the Rolex, but noticed that the cross country jumps just got more dangerous each year. After seeing too many horses and riders fall and get hurt, I couldn't stand to watch anymore, so I quit going.

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