We are devastated to report that Box Qutie, ridden by Sweden’s Anna Freskgård in the eventing competition at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games, was euthanized today due to complications from an injury sustained during the cross country phase on Saturday, Sept. 15.
The 12-year-old Swedish Warmblood mare (Quite Easy X Lady Like LKT, by Little Boy 756) completed the cross country course with 20 jumping penalties and 18 time penalties. When she crossed the finish line, she suddenly pulled up lame on her right front leg and was transferred to Tryon Equine Hospital for treatment. She was subsequently diagnosed with a soft tissue injury.
A statement from the FEI explained, “Initially the mare was improving, but despite receiving the best veterinary care, her condition worsened yesterday due to circulatory complications. As a result, the horse’s owner, Therese Örup, together with the athlete, groom and veterinarians, elected for euthanasia today.”
Box Qutie and Anna have been competing at the FEI level together since 2013. They enjoyed a strong season in 2018, including a win at the Strzegom CIC3*, a third place finish at the Saumur CCI3* and a 16th place finish at the Aachen CICO3*.
Please join us in extending sincerest condolences to Therese, Anna and all of Box Qutie’s connections.