Costa Rican Endurance Horse Dies at World Equestrian Games

A horse and rider struck a tree in Normandy, France, today during the endurance competition of the Alltech Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) Alltech World Equestrian Games (WEG), resulting in the horse’s death.

Dorado, a 12-year-old Arabian gelding from Costa Rica, and his 37-year-old rider Claudia Romero Chacon ran head-on into a tree during the first loop of the endurance race, which took place near Sartilly. The accident occurred about 45 minutes into the ride, just 400 meters from the 14-km checkpoint, WEG representatives said.

Dorado suffered a head injury and died instantly, officials said, but further details were not immediately available. A necropsy will be performed, per FEI guidelines for such situations, the organization said.

A thorough investigation into the accident is underway, officials said, but WEG veterinarians could not provide further details until the investigation is further along, the FEI told The Horse.

Romero Chacon, 37, was conscious when transported to a nearby hospital. She has undergone surgery for fractures and internal injuries, WEG officials stated. She is in serious but stable condition.

Two other riders were also injured during today’s endurance race. Isha Judd of Uruguay fell from her horse and sustained a fracture in her right femur. Additionally, Alberto Morales Morales, also of Costa Rica, was taken to a nearby hospital for observation after complaining of neck pain at the end of the first loop. No information on the condition of their horses has been released at this time. will provide updates as additional information becomes available.

About the Author

Christa Lesté-Lasserre, MA

Christa Lesté-Lasserre is a freelance writer based in France. A native of Dallas, Texas, Lesté-Lasserre grew up riding Quarter Horses, Appaloosas, and Shetland Ponies. She holds a master’s degree in English, specializing in creative writing, from the University of Mississippi in Oxford and earned a bachelor's in journalism and creative writing with a minor in sciences from Baylor University in Waco, Texas. She currently keeps her two Trakehners at home near Paris. Follow Lesté-Lasserre on Twitter @christalestelas.

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