Horse put down after accident on Bramham Horse Trials cross-country

  • Ventura De La Chaule JRA, the ride of Toshiyuki Tanaka, has been put down after an accident on the Bramham Horse Trials cross-country course.

    The event issued a statement which stated: “It is with great sadness that we announce that Ventura De La Chaule JRA, ridden by Toshiyuki Tanaka (JPN) and owned by the Japanese Equestrian Federation, was humanely destroyed as a result of an accident at fence 7b, the Bramham Leap, while competing in the CCI4*-L section at Bramham International Horse Trials. The rider was uninjured.”

    Toshiyuki was the seventh rider out on course this morning and after the incident at the skinny hedge over a ditch at fence 7b there was a hold of around 20 minutes. The pair were in 16th place after dressage.

    Ventura De La Chaule JRA was a 13-year-old Selle Français gelding by Diamant De Semilly, out of a mare by Hand In Glove. He started his international career with French double European champion Nicolas Touzaint, before Japanese rider Atushi Negishi took over in 2017. Toshiyuki, a two-time Olympian who is based in Gloucestershire, started competing the horse at the start of this year.

    The cross-country at Bramham, over Ian Stark’s courses, is back underway now, with the CCI4*-L competitors on course. They will be followed by the up-and-coming stars in the British Horse Feeds under-25 CCI4*-L and then the competitors in the Land Rover CCI4*-S. The showjumping in the CCI4*-S has just concluded.

    Update at 11.55am: the fence where Toshiyuki Tanaka and Ventura De La Chaule JRA had their accident has now been taken out of the course, so the rest of the competitors will bypass fences 7a and 7b. 

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