Hickstead, the famous show jumper died suddenly today in Verona after completing the course.
Here is the link to the video, direct from Verona, Italy this afternoon.
It is very very sad to hear this news today…my heart goes out to Hickstead. He gave his very last and then he had to die like that. I do not like to see a horse suffer like this. The video is quite difficult to watch. From what I observed on the video it seems the horse either had a heart attack or an aneurysm.
I have often seen horses collapse in competitions, and I always hold the people responsible, because something was wrong and no one noticed before it was too late.
The jumping competition was a part of the Fiera Verona Cavalli which takes place every year in Verona, Italy.
Hickstead will always be remembered as the wonderful and talented show jumping horse that he was.