Eventing horse Wise Espartaco collapsed and died after completing a clear cross-country round in a CCI2* competition in Minnesota at the weekend.
Ridden by Ronald Zabala-Goetschel, the 12-year-old gelding was attempting to qualify for Ecuador’s Pan American Games team when he died at Roebke’s Run Horse Trials in Minnesota.
Wise Espartaco, an Argentine Sport Horse, had been clear on the course but had some time faults.
A necropsy will be performed on Wise Espartaco, and Eventing Nation reported that the US Eventing Association’s Equine Cardio-Pulmonary Task Force would review the findings.
The Roebke’s Run cross-country course features several levels, with starter, beginner novice, novice, training, prelim, intermediate, CIC* and CIC**. The 2015 course was designed by Captain Mark Phillips.
Ronald Zabala-Goetschel represented Ecuador at the 2012 Olympic Games in London, riding Master Rose.