Top Show Jumper Oki Doki Dead

Oki Doki, owned by Jose Larocca and famous for his partnership with former owner/rider Albert Zoer, died Tuesday, July 20, after complications from surgery to repair an injured tendon.

The 14-year-old Dutch-bred gelding had been competing in Cannes, France, in June when he suffered the tendon injury. He subsequently underwent surgery and was recovering well until Monday night, when he was placed under veterinary monitoring and transported to Bern Clinic. He later died of septic shock in the abdomen. Septic shock occurs when bacterial toxins and naturally occurring substances produced in the body in response to sepsis alter the function of the heart, blood vessels, and peripheral tissues.

Oki Doki's most recent achievements include finishing third with Zoer at the 2009 Rolex FEI World Cup Show Jumping Final and winning the 2008 Olympia Grand Prix at London's International Olympia Horse Show. He was being pointed toward the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games this fall with Larocca. 

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