An accident in the Young Rider class at the Weston Park International Horse Trials has claimed the life of four-star eventer Apache Sauce. He was aged 16.
The four-star eventer had been retired from high level competition earlier this year, and has been ridden in recent months by King’s daughter, Emily.
The combination was competing in the Young Rider CCI two-star at Weston Park. Apache Sauce was pulled up between fences two and three, having jumped the previous two fences “beautifully”, according to event organisers. The horse did not fall. “Following a veterinary examination with his owner and Mary King the decision was made to put him down later that afternoon.”
Details of the injury sustained by Apache Sauce have not been revealed.
Owned by Gillian Jonas, Apache Sauce was having his seventh start with Emily King. He was ridden early in his career by Chris Johnson before joining forces with Mary King in 2004. Their best results include eighth in the Luhmuhlen four-star last year, and seventh in 2010, fifth at Burghley the same year and 12th the year before. Apache Sauce had 10 four-star completions, always clear on the cross-country.
Apache Sauce was by the thoroughbred sire Endoli out of a mare named Saucy Secret, by the Irish draught Colman.
Apache Sauce – known as Caffrey at home – had 1511 British Eventing points.