Jan Byyny’s top-level event horse Task Force suffered a catastrophic hind leg injury and was humanely euthanized on Saturday during the warm-up at Southern Pines II Horse Trials in Raeford, North Carolina.
Task Force, a 16-year-old Australian thoroughbred gelding also known as “Jedi,” had enjoyed a fruitful career in eventing with Jan. The pair enjoyed a long, successful partnership.
Bynny said, “I have been lucky enough to ride ‘Jedi’ for the last eight years and could not have asked for a better partner, friend, and companion. He had many moms and many Jedi moments, but has been a fantastic horse. I will miss him tremendously. Thank you to the Southern Pines crew for taking such great care of us.”
Byyny and Task Force (Blue Vein x Chicola Craft), who was owned by JC Chester, won many accolades during their career, including a 14th place finish at Blenheim in 2003, an alternate spot on the 2004 Athens Olympic team, a 4th place finish at the 2005 Rolex CCI****, and a win at the 2006 Jersey Fresh CCI***.
The pair also represented the USA as individual competitors at the 2006 World Equestrian Championships, and were the highest placed Americans at the 2005 World Cup in Malmo, Sweden.
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