Olympic Horse Dies After Fall at Indoor Event

Call Again Cavalier, a horse ridden by Britain's Mary King, was euthanized yesterday after he fell during the inaugural Express Eventing International Cup, Horse and Hound reported.

A 16-year-old gelding, Call Again Cavalier and King were part of the UK team that won a bronze medal in eventing at the 2008 Olympics.

The horse broke his femur after falling at the second element of the 12th fence on the cross-country course. King was in second place when the accident occurred.

According to the Horse and Hound report, Call Again Cavalier was removed from the arena in a horse ambulance.

"Our thanks go to the veterinary team, headed by John Killingbeck, for their efficient and expert handling of this incident," said Event Organizer Stuart Buntine in a statement released on the group's Web site.

Express Eventing is a new concept in the discipline, in which all three phases of the competition take place within a stadium.

According to the organizers' Web site, "The competition will start with a freestyle dressage programme, set to music, where horse and rider will be judged not only on the degree of difficulty, but on their artistic interpretation. Competitors will then enter the combined jumping stage, a first for eventing. Once the last show jump is completed, a 'pit-stop' tack change will enable horse and rider to prepare for the challenges of the cross-country course."

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