Horse euthanised, rider in intensive care after cross-country fall



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French-owned eventing mare Daiquiri has been euthanised following a fall on the cross-country at the Bicton International Horse Trials last weekend.

Ridden by Zazie Gardeau, the nine-year-old Slovak Warmblood mare fell at the seventh obstacle in the CCI3* long format class on May 27.

Gardeau, 21, was airlifted to Derriford Hospital in Plymouth, where she was in a stable condition in intensive care, a statement from the French Equestrian Federation said. Gardeau was last year’s Young Rider European Champion.

Daiquiri, by Argento and from the Alias mare Dalias, had been ridden by Gardeau since April 2022, and was previously ridden by Alexis Gomez, of Spain.

Gardeau had been living in Britain and training with New Zealand eventer Andrew Nicholson.

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One thought on “Horse euthanised, rider in intensive care after cross-country fall

  • June 5, 2023 at 3:11 am

    Such a tragedy! Praying for both the wonderful horse and the hospitalized rider. Horses have been with and done so much for us humans and we owe them a tremendous debt of gratitude.


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