Cross-country injury claims life of World Champ Allstar B

Rosalind Canter and Allstar B
Rosalind Canter and Allstar B, pictured at Badminton in 2018. © Steph Freeman

World Champion eventing horse Allstar B has been euthanised after sustaining an injury on the CCI4* cross-country phase at the CHIO Aachen competition in Germany on Saturday.

Allstar B and Ros Canter were making their Aachen debut as part of the British team. They had a run out at the final element of fence 16, after which Allstar B was immediately attended to by the veterinary team on course when he pulled up lame. The vets on the showground made the horse comfortable to travel to a nearby veterinary clinic for further investigation.

It was then decided that, due to the nature of the injury, euthanasia was the only action for Allstar B’s welfare. He was aged 17. Allstar B is the fourth horse to lose his life while eventing this year.

Owned by Ros Canter and Caroline Moore, ‘Alby’ was a much-loved horse on the eventing circuit and a stalwart of the British eventing squad, having been a part of three gold medal-winning teams and taking the individual title at the World Equestrian Games in Tryon 2018.

“There are no words for the love and respect that I have for Alby. Time after time, he has shown his generosity, kindness and love of our sport. He has been such a huge part in building my career, and he will be missed by many,” Canter said.

Moore described Alby as “the horse of a lifetime”.

“The most generous and brave horse that I’ve ever had the pleasure to work with. He will be deeply missed.”

British Equestrian Eventing Performance Manager Richard Waygood said the partnership Canter and Alby shared was one of the greatest the sport has enjoyed.

Ros Canter and Allstar B at Badminton in 2018.
Ros Canter and Allstar B at Badminton in 2018. © Mike Bain

“He was a special horse with a huge heart. Together, they have given so much to eventing and British teams, and to see them win the Individual World Championship title at Tryon was a very proud moment.

“Alby will be missed, but will hold a place among the legends of our sport. I would like to thank the veterinary and organising teams at Aachen for their swift actions and professional treatment.”

The Dutch-bred KWPN gelding was bred by Frans van der Burg in Berkel en Rodenrijs, and by Ephebe For Ever La Silla (by Galoubet A), and from the Ekstein mare Narenca B. He went to Vere Phillips and was bought as a five-year-old by Caroline Moore, with whom he began his competitive career. Emily Parker rode Alby up to intermediate level, and in 2013, Ros Canter took over the ride.

When they won gold at the 2018 FEI World Equestrian Games in Tryon, Canter became the fifth British rider to become World Champion in eventing. The combination’s other successes include team gold and fifth individually at the 2017 European Eventing Championships, third at Badminton in 2018, and fifth the year before.

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An injury on the Aachen cross-country has claimed the life of World Champion Allstar B.
Rosalind Canter and Allstar B at Badminton in 2018. © Mike Bain

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