Rotational fall claims life of training level eventing horse


A training division eventing horse has died in the US following a fall at a cross-country jump at the Pine Top Thanksgiving Horse Trials in Georgia at the weekend.

The Manx Man (Toby), a 16-year-old thoroughbred gelding, sustained a rotational fall at a log hogs back obstacle, the eighth fence on the Preliminary/Training division course at Pine Top. He was treated on site by the event veterinarian and transported to the University of Georgia Veterinary Teaching Hospital for observation. Toby (Rock City x Queen’s Habit) was later euthanized due to injuries sustained during the fall.

Rider Avery Lewis was transported for medical evaluation and released.

The pair began competing together last year before winning at both novice and training level. Most recently they enjoyed a 19th place finish at the USEA American Eventing Championships, Eventing Nation reported. In 2015, The Manx Man was sixth in a three-day one-star CCI1 in Virginia with his previous rider Heather Johnson, of Maryland.

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