British Event Horse Wild Lone Dies after WEG Cross-Country

Wild Lone, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden by Harry Meade (GBR), collapsed and died after completing a clear cross-country round at Haras du Pin.
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A second horse has died during the Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG) in Normandy, France. Two days after an endurance horse died during the race, eventing mount Wild Lone, ridden by Harry Meade (GBR), died at the Haras du Pin cross-country course.

The 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding had just completed a clear round on Saturday afternoon when he collapsed, the FEI stated.

“The horse in no way suffered, and it was extremely quick,” said a tearful Meade in a statement to the media.

Ground conditions and the difficulty of the course had nothing to do with the incident, Meade specified: “I felt that that played no part whatsoever in what happened to Wild Lone. He’s as fit as any horse I’ve ever had in a four-star, and he gave me a wonderful ride in cross-country. My only regret of the whole day was that, from a competitive point of view, he was so well within himself that I could have asked for a little bit more because he felt extremely comfortable the whole way and had tons of fuel left at the end

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Passionate about horses and science from the time she was riding her first Shetland Pony in Texas, Christa Lesté-Lasserre writes about scientific research that contributes to a better understanding of all equids. After undergrad studies in science, journalism, and literature, she received a master’s degree in creative writing. Now based in France, she aims to present the most fascinating aspect of equine science: the story it creates. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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