Shannondale Julius Suffers Fatal Fall at ESDCTA New Jersey Horse Trials

Ryan Wood and Shannondale Julius schooling at True Prospect Farm. Photo courtesy of Woodstock Eventing.

We are heartbroken to report that Ryan Wood’s mount Shannondale Julius suffered a fatal fall today at a jump in the cross country warm-up for the Open Training A division at ESDCTA New Jersey Horse Trials in Allentown, New Jersey.

“Julius,” a 5-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Shannondale Sarco X Shannondale High Flyer, by High Roller) Ryan owned with Amy Peloquin and Logan Moore, fell at a jump in warm-up and broke his neck. Ryan was uninjured in the fall.

“I am devastated writing this statement that Shannondale Julius suffered a fatal fall today in cross country warm-up at New Jersey Horse Trials. He fell at a jump and broke his neck, and we are gutted to lose him this way,” Ryan said.

“We have had him since he was a 3-year-old and had a great bond together. I’m so sad for Julius and his owners, Amy and Logan, and everyone at Woodstock Eventing who loved him. Thank you to the event for all of their help on a terrible day for our team.”

The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Ryan, Amy, Logan, and all who knew and loved this special horse.

[Equine Fatality at the ESDCTA New Jersey Horse Trials]