The global eventing community continues to mourn today for RF Smoke on the Water, who was euthanized yesterday after sustaining severe injuries while being cast in his stall. The news came as especially shocking considering the horse had just finished 5th in his first CCI4* at Rolex just days before with Marilyn Little in the irons. A 9-year-old Wurttemburg gelding (Samos X Rapulo) owned by Raylyn Farms and Phoebe and Michael Manders, Smoke had just been invited to the U.S. team vet evaluation for WEG Monday morning before shipping home to Maryland to enjoy a vacation.
Truly a horse destined for greatness, Smoke’s career highlights include 2nd in the Fair Hill CCI3* in 2012, 2nd in the Red Hills CIC3* last year, 8th at Saumur CCI3* last year, 8th at both the Carolina International CIC3* and The Fork CIC3* this year and now 5th at Rolex. Kasey Mueller sent in some beautiful photos to commemorate Smoke’s weekend at Rolex, and I also included some other photos of Smoke at Carolina International and The Fork earlier this year. Marilyn also sent us a video highlighting Smoke’s road to Rolex, with footage from some of his outings in the past year. Rest in peace, Smoke.
Photos from Rolex courtesy of Kasey Mueller:
More photos by Jenni Autry from the final months of Smoke’s life: