Sudden cross-country death of Kiwi event horse

Joe Meyer and Ease a Blaze at Houghton Hall last year.
Joe Meyer and Ease a Blaze at Houghton Hall last year. © Jan Milne

British-based New Zealand Olympic eventer Joe Meyer has lost two horses in recent weeks.

Meyer, based in Newchapel, Lingfield, was riding the 10-year-old gelding Ease a Blaze in an intermediate event at the South of England horse trials in April, when the horse suffered a heart attack on the run down to the last two fences. Meyer said “Bluey” had jumped beautifully on the course.

He was fourth at the Barroca CCI* earlier this year, when ridden by Elisabeth Halliday, and last year had a handful of placings.

Ease A Blaze was a 16.3hh grey gelding by Meyer’s four-star horse, Ease on Fire (Exemplar x Colour Steel) and out of Stealth. He was owned by Joe and Deborah Meyer, and Mamaku Stud, owned by Meyer’s parents, Gay and John, in the Wairarapa.

• Southern Star, the first horse that Meyer brought to England in 1996, has died at the age of 23.

Southern Star, who died in February, was bred at Mamaku Stud and his dam was by Tira Mink, the sire of Mark Todd’s double Olympic gold medalist Charisma.

Southern Star (Silent Hunter x Cilla) was retired from competition in 2004 with 300 British Eventing points. He won the CIC3* at Scarvagh in 2000 and Thirlestane in 2001. He finished 25th at Burghley in 2001.

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