It’s with a very heavy heart that we’ve learned Classic Twain DF, the 2013 Young Event Horse 4-Year-Old West Coast Champion, was euthanized yesterday following what Earl and Jen McFall believe to be a pasture accident at Dragonfire Farm.
The 5-year-old homebred gelding came in from the pasture yesterday and collapsed after exhibiting strange behavior, Jen and Earl explained in a statement. He received veterinary care immediately but was euthanized soon after it became clear he could not be saved.
“We are shocked and gutted at losing such a special horse. Each horse in our barn means a great deal to us, but this one in particular held an extra special place in our hearts as our first foal born out of our stallion The Twain,” Earl and Jen said.
“Jake was always workmanlike, incredibly sweet and loved to compete. His loss has certainly left a big hole in our barn and in each of us that will remain for a very long time.”
Jake also competed in the USEA’s Young Event Horses program as a 5-year-old this season, finishing second in his class at Rebecca Farm this past summer. Earl and Jen had big plans for him.
We were lucky enough to spend some time with this horse in the barns at Galway Downs last month. He was truly a lovely animal — kind, gentle and sweet, not to mention extremely talented. You don’t have to spend much time around the McFalls to see how deeply they love their horses. Our hearts go out to them during this difficult time.
The EN team extends our deepest condolences to Earl, Jen, Taylor, Jake’s groom Mia Bouslaugh, the whole Dragonfire team and all those who knew and loved the horse.
Rest in peace, Jake.