EN is heartbroken to report that Shanghai Joe, owned by Shane and Niki Rose and Lee and Bill Brydon, was euthanized yesterday due to the severity of injuries he sustained after slipping and falling in the stabling area at Badminton Horse Trials on Saturday.
Shane Rose fell from Shanghai Joe at fence 19 on cross country and the horse galloped back to stabling, where he fell and slid into the arches of Badminton House. The Badminton veterinary team had been treating him for a suspected fractured shoulder.
“The severity of his injury was such that recovery was not possible,” Niki Rose said on her Facebook page. “We had hoped that we would be able to nurse ‘Nugget’ back from injury so he could enjoy retirement at home in Australia and we are devastated that our hopes were not achievable.”
Shane bred the 11-year-old Australian Thoroughbred gelding (Another Warrior X Zenaarena, by Arena) and competed him with much success through the three-star level in Australia. He won the Melbourne CCI3* in 2014 and twice won the Albury CIC3*.
“More remarkable than his success was his truly lovely nature and wonderful attitude to life and work,” Niki said. “He quickly became a favourite with anyone that met him. We will miss his cheeky face and gentle nature around our stable block.”
Shane added: “He was such a lovely horse; he always tried his hardest to please. Great manners and the nicest nature you could want in a horse. It’s been a hard couple of weeks for us. Niki and I are so proud of what our little homebred has achieved. The hardest thing was saying goodbye to him when all he wanted to do was have a rub and a cuddle. Rest in peace, little man.”
The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Shane, Niki, Lee, Bill and the entire Bimbadeen Park team.