Prince Harry’s Polo Pony Dies

Drizzle, a cherished polo pony belonging to the Royal Family of Wales, died during a polo match May 8 following a cardiac event, according to several sources.

The 10-year-old dark brown and white spotted mare “could not be saved,” said a spokesperson for the Royal Family at the Clarence House in London. Prince Harry of Wales had been riding her for approximately three mi

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Drizzle, a cherished polo pony belonging to the Royal Family of Wales, died during a polo match May 8 following a cardiac event, according to several sources.

The 10-year-old dark brown and white spotted mare "could not be saved," said a spokesperson for the Royal Family at the Clarence House in London. Prince Harry of Wales had been riding her for approximately three minutes when he sensed she was unwell and sought veterinary care. The horse then collapsed and died, the spokesperson said.

"She wasn't on the pitch long before (Harry) took her over to the side," said Roddy Wood, polo manager at Coworth Park in Ascot (Berkshire), where the charity match took place.

Veterinarians from Shotter and Byers Equine Veterinary Services, based in Surrey, examined the horse immediately. Sudden cardiac death was the diagnosis given at the scene by the veterinary team, Wood said. The attending veterinarians declined to comment

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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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