Horse collapses, dies on Kentucky cross-country course

April 26, 2009

Canadian event horse Kingpin collapsed and died on the cross-country course at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on Saturday.

Kingpin, ridden by Mike Winter, collapsed while negotiating fence 10 and died at the scene. Winter was evaluated by medical personnel at the scene and sent to Georgetown Community Hospital for further evaluation and released. He chose not to ride his second horse.

Mike Winter and Kingpin
Kingpin and Winter were in 17th place after the dressage.

Kingpin was a 13-year-old Irish Sporthorse owned by Winter and the Kingpin Syndicate.

Veterinary and medical personnel were in attendance at the time of the fall. The cause of the horse's death is still under investigation. A preliminary report of the examination of the horse's body showed that he had bled into his abdomen.

"We are not able to speculate on the cause of the bleeding. A complete evaluation will be performed," said Dr. Catherine Kohn, the veterinary delegate.

Last year two horses died during the cross-country of the event. Frodo Baggins and The Quiet Man died as a result of injuries sustained in falls.