Dutton Horse Bailey Wick Dies at Jersey Fresh Event

Bailey Wick, a chestnut Irish Sport Horse gelding ridden by Philip Dutton, was euthanized Saturday after falling at an obstacle while competing in the CCI3* at the Jersey Fresh event.

According to a release posted by event organizers, the horse fell at obstacle 20 on course. A necropsy was not performed, per the request of the horse's owners, listed as Acorn Hill Farm.

According to reports, the horse hit the obstacle and somersaulted, throwing Dutton clear. Dutton was unhurt.

Tigger Too, a 17-year-old gelding owned by David O'Connor, died at last year's Jersey Fresh event after sustaining an acute abdominal aortic rupture on the cross-country course. A similar event has been cited in the death of the horse Kingpin at last month's Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Dutton released the following statement:

"Bailey and I fell at fence number 20, a straightforward oxer, after jumping up until then a perfect round. I take full responsibility for this fall.

"My deepest sympathies and gratitude go to his owners Jess and Sharon Sweely, who bred Bailey and brought him along as a young horse, Emily Basheer, who rode and competed him to preliminary level, and to my groom, Emma Ford who meticulously looked after Bailey as if he were her own child.

"I want to thank the officials, support crew, and veterinarians at Jersey Fresh and my fellow riders who have been so supportive."

About the Author

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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