Chicago II dies after cross-country injury


Piggy French’s former ride Chicago II has been euthanised after suffering an injury at the Tweseldown horse trials on March 8.

Chicago II, who won a total of 17 recognised events from novice through to open intermediate with French, injured a tendon during the open novice at Tweseldown, ridden by Nicholas Lucey.

He had 361 British Eventing points.

Horse & Hound reported that a scan revealed tearing over a large area, and owner Sue Crane made the decision to have him put down last week. She told H&H: “His injury was a very unusual one, but its severity left me no choice.”

The 15.3hh Danish warmblood was a son of the holsteiner stallion Acord II.

• A freak accident claimed the life of eventer Sir Roscoe at the Belton Horse Trials on March 30.

Ridden by Gaby Cooke, the 13-year-old injured a tendon on landing at the coffin jump on the three-star cross-country. Sir Roscoe was taken to Oakham Veterinary Hospital but the severity of his injury meant he could not be saved.

Cooke said later that while he was wearing boots, it appeared Sir Roscoe had suffered a severe overreach into the back of his front leg on landing.

Sir Roscoe and Cooke were second in the CCI*** at Blair Castle in 2010.


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