Advanced eventing horse Uwald has been euthanised following an injury sustained at the Bramham International Horse Trials earlier this month.
Ridden by Nana Daldon, Uwald was withdrawn from the CCI3* competition after completing the cross-country phase on June 13.
Uwald had gone clear on the cross-country but sustained some time faults. Dalton said afterwards the horse has sustained a hind leg injury and after being assessed by the vets at Bramham, was taken to her veterinarian’s clinic in Liphook.
“The vets at Bramham were excellent and the leg was bandaged up for him to travel back. Unfortunately on further examination the scans revealed the extent of the injury – ironically it was his ‘good’ leg but the years of wear and tear compensating for those other injuries had obviously taken its toll,” Dalton said, revealing on Saturday that Uwald had been euthanised.
“It has taken me a few days to come to terms with what has happened but I’d just like to reflect on a wonderful horse, a dear friend and a part of our family,” she said.
Known as Ollie at home, the 14-year-old KWPN gelding was by Orame and out of the Burggraaf mare Omy Wald, and bred in the Netherlands. He was ridden by Dalton’s sister, Patricia Price, up to two-star level, before Dalton took over the ride in the 2011 season.
Dalton said the accident-prone Uwald had previously sustained a serious stifle injury five years ago with Price. “Big credit to Andy Bathe who operated on him (and Tricia’s skill rehabbing him despite his escapology efforts from whatever pen he was put in)”
A year later Dalton was fifth at the Hartpury 1* with Ollie. But Dalton said: “A further couple of injuries came from pranking about in the field — he did the splits behind when he was supposed to be holidaying after Blenheim and then just before he was due to do his first event in 2013 he struck into his front tendon resulting in a further year out.”
She said they’d had “some fantastic spring runs” including Burnham Market 3* and Belton advanced before Bramham.
“We headed to Bramham with him looking and feeling better than ever — we were never going to be competitive so the plan was to give him a relatively easy run with no time pressure so we could build on this in the autumn. I was so proud of him for jumping clear but it soon became clear that he wasn’t right.
“He leaves a massive hole in the yard and in our hearts but we will always be thankful for the times we had together.”
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