Joe Meyer’s Longtime Partner Snip Passes Away at 22

Joe Meyer and Snip at Rolex in 2011. Photo by Samantha Clark. Joe Meyer and Snip at Rolex in 2011. Photo by Samantha Clark.

The PRO blog has just posted an update announcing the peaceful passing of Snip, Joe Meyer’s petite but powerful upper-level partner. The 22-year-old gelding dealt with a short and aggressive bout of cancer, and he was laid to rest today.

A 1992 Thoroughbred gelding bred by John and Gay Meyer at Mamaku Stud in New Zealand, Snip was sent to England in 1998 for Joe to compete. They began their Advanced eventing career together in 2000, and their partnership lasted for 12 years through the 2012 American Eventing Championships.

Snip completed an astonishing eight CCI4* events throughout his career, and he represented New Zealand on the world stage multiple times, most notably at the 2008 Olympics Games. The 15.3-hand gelding was retired at Rolex in 2013 in a beautiful ceremony.

I will always remember the look of determination on Joe’s face when I was able to see him and Snip in the start box a few years ago at Rolex. That little horse will always have a special place in my heart, and our thoughts are with Joe and his connections during this difficult time. Rest in peace, mighty little Snip.


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