Top-level British eventer Oratorio collapsed and died while on the cross-country at the Lincolnshire Horse Trials at the weekend.
Ridden by William Fox-Pitt, Oratorio was heading for the final jump in the Open Intermediate level event on March 19 when he collapsed. Oratorio was 14.
Organisers of the Lincolnshire Horse Trials offered their condolences to Fox-Pitt and his connections, and the horse’s owners, the Oratorio Syndicate.
“The situation was dealt with professionally and efficiently across all of our emergency teams, who worked together to support both horse and rider at such a difficult time,” the organising committee said.
Fox-Pitt and Oratorio were 14th at Badminton last year and second in the Blenheim CCI3* in 2018. Oratorio was by Fox-Pitt’s 2011 Pau winner Oslo, and out of the thoroughbred mare Cinnamon Brulee, by Topanoora. Oslo is of Selle Français, Anglo Arabian and Holsteiner breeding.
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