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.”

Outgoing British Equitation Federation Performance Director Will Connell said it’s too early to provide further details about the horse’s death.

“What I can say is that the team vet was with the horse, as were many other vets, and by the time I got there, it was clear that all that could be done was being done, and it was being handled in a very professional manner,” he said.

Meade added, “He was a