Team Vet Says Rolex Horse Died of Abdominal Hemorrhage

The horse that died at this year's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event succumbed to an abdominal hemorrhage, according to a statement from Canadian Eventing Team Veterinarian Christiana Ober, DVM, released via Equine Canada.

Kingpin, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden by Canadian Mike Winter, collapsed on landing after negotiating cross-country fence 10. He died on the scene.

"Kingpin suffered a hemorrhage of the large vessels in the abdomen unrelated to any jumping effort or trauma," Ober said. "This is a very rare condition and the actual cause is unknown."

Kingpin and Winter finished 12th at Rolex in 2008. They also completed competition at the Olympics in Hong Kong in 2008, and finished eighth individually at the at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro.

They were in 17th place heading into cross-country at this year's Rolex event.

"I am mourning the loss of a partner and close friend," Winter said.

"Mike's relationship with Kingpin was one to admire," said Graeme Thom, Chef d'équipe of the Canadian Eventing Team. "As a pair they exemplified the true definition of partnership. Kingpin represented Canada with a strong competitive spirit and will be missed greatly."

Kingpin was owned by Winter and the Kingpin Syndicate.

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Erin Ryder

Erin Ryder is a former news editor of The Horse: Your Guide To Equine Health Care. She owns a portly gray gelding named Duncan and dabbles in several equestrian disciplines, with an emphasis on dressage.

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