Our hearts are broken for Avery Klunick, who lost her friend and partner In It To Win It in colic surgery last night.
Avery and “Winston,” a 16-year-old New Zealand Sport Horse, began their relationship in 2008 and in our Rolex Rookies profile of the pair earlier in the year Avery described him as her “first everything … We’ve basically grown up together.”
In 2011 “Winston” took Avery to the FEI National Junior and Young Rider Championships, where they finished fifth individually in the CCI1*. The next year, they returned to Young Riders to finish sixth individually in the CCI2*.
They moved up to the Advanced and three-star level in 2014 and picked up several top placings, including a fifth place in the CIC3* at Twin Rivers in 2014, a top-25 in their first CCI3* at Bromont, and a top-10 in the CCI3* at Rebecca Farm last year.
The zenith of their career arrived earlier this year, when the pair jumped clear around their first and sadly final four-star cross-country course.
The Eventing Nation family extends our heartfelt condolences to Avery and Winston’s connections.