Rolex Injury Update: Surgery for Mighty Nice, Joint Flush for High Kingdom

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Rare Air Photography.

Phillip Dutton and Mighty Nice. Photo by Rare Air Photography.

Two high profile injuries came out of the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event, and we have an update on those for you tonight.

Phillip Dutton withdrew Mighty Nice before the final horse inspection, as the horse scraped his stifle during cross country while jumping clear with 3.2 time penalties to sit in seventh place and was sore the next morning as a result.

An update on Phillip’s Facebook page says that further examination revealed that “Happy” has a small bone chip on his stifle, which will be removed on Monday via surgery at the University of Pennsylvania’a New Bolton Center.

“The prognosis is very good, and this is a routine procedure,” Phillip said. “Happy will have six weeks off to recover and then can start back to work. If all goes well, we expect him to be back out competing in the fall.”

Click here to read the full update on Happy on Phillip’s Facebook page.

It was a heartbreaking moment for Team GBR when Zara Phillips had to withdraw High Kindgom just before his dressage test on Friday. “Trevor” kicked out and cut himself in his stall and could not compete as a result.

Capt. Mark Phillips told Horse & Hound that Trevor was receiving acupuncture during the incident, which ultimately required a joint flush under general anesthesia and four staples in his hind fetlock. That explains why he was subsequently withdrawn from next week’s Badminton Horse Trials, where the horse had a cross entry.

EN wishes speedy recoveries to both Happy and Trevor.