News on horses and rider injured during WEG cross-country

  • The Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games press office has issued updates on the horses and rider who were injured during yesterday’s cross-country competition.

    Paul Tapner pulled up Badminton winner Inonothing (pictured) at fence 13, the Fort Boonesboro, and he looked lame behind. X-rays at the on-site clinic showed a fracture of the horse’s left-hind patella (knee cap). The horse is currently resting in his own stable and the prognosis is described as “favourable”.

    Italy’s Iman Du Golfe and Juan Carlos Garcia — team silver medallists at last year’s European Championships — had a fall at fence 20, Abraham Lincoln’s Birthplace, which resulted in a hold on course of around 30min. Iman Du Golfe was transported to Rood & Riddle Equine Hospital where he was treated for a deep laceration and small bone chip near his left elbow. The horse is now described as “resting comfortably and attending vets are optimistic he will make a full recovery”.

    Juan Carlos was released from hospital after being examined and treated for minor injuries.

    Ireland’s Fernhill Clover Mist, ridden by Patricia Ryan, suffered an injury to his left hock while he was galloping between fences. He was transported to the on-site veterinary clinic, where he was medicated and examined before being returned to his own stable. The attending vet expects the horse to continue to improve.

    Report on cross-country action

    More updates on the eventing from WEG online today, full report in H&H, out 7 October.

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