We have just learned that Wild Lone collapsed and died after jumping clear cross country this afternoon with Great Britain’s Harry Meade at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games. Our thoughts are with Harry, Alf’s groom Jess Errington and owner Charlotte Opperman, as well as Team Great Britain at this very sad time.
The following statement has been released:
It is with great sadness that we announce that Wild Lone, ridden by Harry Meade (GBR) and owned by Charlotte Opperman, collapsed and died approximately 16.15 today after completing the Cross Country at Haras du pin (FRA) at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Normandy.
The 13-year-old gelding had completed the Cross Country course clear with 26.4 time penalties to go into 25th place. The rider had just dismounted and shortly afterwards the horse tragically collapsed and died.
As per FEI Veterinary Regulations, a post mortem will be carried out on the horse to establish the cause of death.
Lully Des Aulnes (no 2), ridden by Joris Van Springel (BEL) has been taken to a referral clinic for further investigation after a fall at fence 30, the Rolex Water Trough. An X-ray taken on-site has established there is no fracture, and the referral clinic is now treating wound on the left hind fetlock.
Professor Yves Rossier, the Foreign Veterinary Delegate, reported that horses were finishing the course in good condition.
At every FEI event, the maximum consideration is given to the safety and welfare of horses and athletes.
A press conference is presently being held in concert with the announcement. Check back soon for more details.
Godspeed, Wild Lone.