I have shot professionally at Rolex Kentucky 3 Day event for four years now. This year was the first year out of the four that two horses had to be euthanized after tragic falls on the cross country course.
Here's the following press release:
Saturday, April 26, 2008 Press Statement #2
Frodo Baggins and Laine Ashker fell at fence 5. Ashker sustained injuries but was conscious, talking and able to move all extremities when she was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital. She is currently under the care of the emergency and trauma services staff.
Frodo Baggins was immediately attended by a team of veterinarians. He was given intravenous fluids and supportive medications for shock and pain. After he was stabilized, he was sedated and transported by horse ambulance to nearby Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where he was immediately attended by emergency personnel.
Further tests showed that Frodo Baggins had sustained a fracture at the base of his skull, as well as severe lung injury. As the prognosis was very poor, a representative of the family concurred that euthanasia was the most humane option for the horse. A complete necropsy examination will be performed. Everyone at the event is saddened by the loss of this brave horse.
Equestrian Events, Inc.
My husband and I had just left jump number 5 moments before the tragic accident. I thank God I did not witness the fall.
I wanted to post a picture of Frodo Baggins. It's my favorite picture that was taken on dressage day. I love the way he looks out into the crowd as if basking in the moment...
God Bless you Frodo Baggins. We will miss you.