2021 Blair Winner True Blue Too Euthanised after Fall in Burgham Cross-Country Warm-Up

Rosie Fry and True Blue Too II en route to victory at Blair. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

We’re desperately sad to report that Rosie Fry‘s True Blue Too II has been euthanised after falling in the cross-country warm-up at Northumberland’s Burgham International Horse Trials today. The gelding, who was owned and bred by Rosie’s aunt, Di White-Hamilton, had been contesting the CCI4*-S class.

The team at Burgham have released a statement about the incident on social media:

“It is with great sadness with which we announce that the horse True Blue Too, ridden by Rosie Fry (GBR) and owned by Mr and Mrs White-Hamilton, was put down on humane grounds as the result of a fatal accident at Burgham International Horse Trials, Alnwick, United Kingdom, CCI4*-S, at 1.30pm on 30 July 2022. True Blue Too, an 11-year-old gelding, fell in the cross-country warm-up,” it reads.

“Veterinarians immediately attended to the horse, providing all veterinary care, and full medical attention was given to the rider, Rosie Fry, who was transported to hospital for further observation. At every FEI event the maximum consideration is given to the safety and welfare of horses and riders. The organising committee of Burgham and the FEI are sending all our thoughts to those connected with this horse.”

True Blue Too won the CCI4*-L at Blair Castle last year at just ten years old, giving his longtime rider a career-best result, and stepped up to CCI5* at Badminton this year, finishing 47th. His run at Burgham had been intended as part of an autumn campaign towards Burghley. Our thoughts are with Rosie, Di, and the rest of the team around this much-loved family horse.

Rosie and True Blue Too moments after winning at Blair. Photo by Tilly Berendt.

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