We are heartbroken to confirm that Chuffy Clarke’s mount Second Supreme collapsed and died on cross country today while competing in the CCI3*-Under 25 at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials in West Yorkshire, England.
Bramham released the following statement:
“It is with great sadness that we announce that number 126, Second Supreme ridden by Chuffy Clarke and owned by Jonathan Clarke, passed away whilst competing at the Equi-Trek Bramham International Horse Trials in the British Horse Feeds u25 CCI3* in Yorkshire at around 14:00hrs on Saturday 9 June 2018.
“Second Supreme, a 16-year-old gelding, stumbled and collapsed after jumping fence 24, a trakehner, and subsequently passed away. The exact cause of death is unknown at this stage but is suspected to be of natural causes.”
Produced to the CCI4* level by Pippa Funnell, and owned by Chuffy’s parents, Jonathan and Jane Clarke, Second Supreme was a stalwart campaigner who completed Badminton in 2015 and an additional 10 competitions at three-star level before Chuffy started riding him during the 2017 season.
Chuffy and “Ed” completed eight internationals during their partnership together, jumping clear cross country rounds in all but one run. They finished 17th in the Blenheim Palace CCI3* last year and most recently finished 28th in the Nations Cup CICO3* at Houghton Hall last month – Chuffy’s debut appearance on a senior squad. Ed also partnered Chuffy around her first three-star, at Barbury Castle last year, and her first appearance in an Event Rider Masters competition, providing an enormous amount of joy to their team and supporters.
The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Chuffy, her team, and all who knew and loved Ed. Many thanks to Ben Clark, who has taken so many marvellous photos documenting the love, respect, and trust between Chuffy and Ed, and which we are honoured to be able to share as we celebrate this great horse’s full and happy life.