US cross-country claims life of training-level horse


A training-level eventing horse died while competing at a horse trials event in the US earlier this month.

A statement from the organisers of the Apple Knoll Farm Horse Trials in Millis, Massachusetts, said Ready to Rumble “died after impact with fence 19B” on the cross-country phase of the training division event. Apple Knoll’s October 7 event was a USEA Recognised event for starter to training levels.

The rider of Ready to Rumble, Rachel Stankaitis, received medical attention on-site and was transferred to a local hospital for further care.

No further information was available on the circumstances of the accident.

Training-level cross-country obstacles in in the US are a maximum of 3’3″ (1m).

Ready to Rumble was a seven-year-old Thoroughbred gelding, by Central Banker and out of Songandapsalm (by Songandaprayer). His registered racing name was Songtral, but he was unraced.

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