Sad loss of leading showjumper Presley Boy

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Khaled Al Eid and Presley Boy at the Global Champions Tour in Abu Dhabi in November 2011.
Khaled Al Eid and Presley Boy at the Global Champions Tour in Abu Dhabi in November 2011. © Saudi Equestrian Team

The Saudi Equestrian Team has announced the death of showjumper Presley Boy, who had been fighting a long battle with laminitis.

The 17-year-old by Concorde was retired from competition in 2012 after an injury, and he had been standing at stud at ECR De Moretter in Belgium since February 2014.

“However, he had endured two long years fighting laminitis. Sadly after a long list of complications it was decided the kindest and most respectful decision for this amazing sire, was to put him to sleep,” the team said in a statement last month.

In 2012, Presley Boy and Khaled Al Eid were on target for the London 2012 Olympic Games, but a month before the Games he was struck with lameness and had to be withdrawn. His retirement from competition was announced shortly afterwards.

Presley Boy clocked up major wins all over the world; Gijon, Arezzo, Monterrey, Madrid, Spruce Meadows, Wellington, Mannheim, Guangzhou, St Gallen, Aachen, Abu Dhabi and Doha to name a few. He competed successfully in his early years under Mexican rider, Jamie Azcarraga and joined Saudi Equestrian in 2010 where he immediately formed a strong bond with rider Khaled Al Eid. He continued to excel under Al Eid’s stewardship, including winning the CSI5* Gijon Grand Prix in 2010, second in the Global Champions Tour Grand Prix in Abu Dhabi 2011 and 12th at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky 2010.

During his time standing at ECR De Morette in Belgium since February 2014, he and was able to cover a handful of mares, ensuring him a lasting legacy.

Bred by A de Joning in The Netherlands, Presley Boy was by Concorde and out of the Damiro mare Ivoli.

Saudi Equestrian thanked all those who had devoted many hours caring for and rehabilitating Presley Boy in the last two years, including the Equine Clinic De Morette in Belgium.

 

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