Cross-country fall claims life of US eventer Bold Tiger

Bold Tiger was euthanized after falling at the fourth fence of a 2-star short-format competition in the US.
File image. © Mike Bain

Two-star eventing horse Bold Tiger was euthanized as the result of an accident on the cross-country in the US at the weekend.

The 14-year-old thoroughbred gelding fell with his rider, Nicole Scherrer, at the fourth fence of the CCI2*-S at the Stable View horse trials in Aiken, South Carolina, on Saturday, April 8.

The jump was described as a hammock in the event program. No further details about the fall were available.

Scherrer was taken to hospital for checks but “no major injuries were sustained”, a statement from the event organisers said.

A necropsy was being performed on Bold Tiger at the Athens Veterinary Diagnostic Laboratory.

Bold Tiger was by Tale of the Cat (Storm Cat x Yarn, by Mr Prospector) and out of the Grand Slam mare Grand Journey. Scherrer had ridden Bold Tiger since March 2022, and he was owned by Jill Tallman. They were third in their first FEI competition together, in a 1-star intro event in Raeford, North Carolina.

Bold Tiger competed at one-star level in 2017 with Erin Kanara, and with Joa Sigsbee the following year.

Bold Tiger was the second eventing horse to die during competition this year, following the death of Oratorio, who collapsed at an event in England last month.

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