June 24, 2008

A promising event horse died after sustaining injuries at the Bromont International Three Day Event in Canada earlier this month.

Task Master, a 10-year-old Irish sport horse gelding, and rider Ashlynne Bugg, of Ontario, fell at fence 16, a roll-top jump, during the cross-country phase of the Bromont CIC2* competition on June 14.

Task Master cantered away from the fence, and after being caught developed stiffness. He was transported to the hospital at the Faculté de médecine vétérinaire of the University of Montreal.

He died later in hospital due to a pelvic fracture and internal blood loss.

Ashlynne Bugg suffered a broken wrist and was released from the hospital the same day and returned back to the competition site.

In 2007 Task Master won the Ontario Horse Trials Association Best Event Horse title. Task Master was by the thoroughbred Master Imp and out of Highland Dolly ISH, a granddaughter of Ashling 2 (RID 8537) by King of Diamonds RID.