In some tragic news from earlier today at Burghley, Paul Hart’s Facebook page and the Horse & Hound have reported that Heartbreak Hill “Harry” broke his leg between fences while galloping on the flat and was humanely euthanized on Saturday. From Paul’s Facebook:
“It is with deep deep sadness that we inform you that Heartbreak Hill now resides in heaven. He broke his leg between jumps 19 and twenty while galloping on the flat. He was a great horse and one that will live on in the hearts and minds of all that knew him. We Know Marie and Bil Clifford will look after him well. Paul is devastated as one can only imagine. Bye Harry, we will miss you big man…….“
Paul posted his own statement, writing “I have lost my best friend trying his heart out for me like always. Held him in my arms until he was gone. He died so bravely doing what he loved best. I will miss my Harry so much who took me places I dreamed of as a kid. My champion man Harry has gone. He will be so missed as my friend. May the Cliffords lead him into heaven to rest as he as served and shared so much with me so willingly. MY CHAMPION BOY. Harry Man.“
Heartbreak Hill was a 16 year old South African thoroughbred. Paul Hart and Heartbreak Hill have had a long career together including representing South Africa at the 2010 World Equestrian Games in Lexington. They were part of the controversial dispute that led to Alex Peternell and Asih representing South Africa at the Olympics rather than Paul.