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post #1 of 19 Old 04-25-2009, 02:26 PM Thread Starter
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Another season--another horse died--Rolex

Press Release:

Saturday, April 25

"It is with great sadness that we announce that Kingpin, ridden by Mike Winter and owned by the rider and Kingpin Syndicate, died while competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 25, 2009. Kingpin, a 13-year old Irish Sport Horse, fell while negotiating Fence 10 and died at the scene.

The rider was evaluated by medical personnel on site and sent to Georgetown Community Hospital for further evaluation.

Veterinary and medical personnel were in attendance at the time of the fall. The caude of the horse's death will be abbounced when determined after a necropsy."

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post #2 of 19 Old 04-25-2009, 05:09 PM
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poor Kingpin, and poor Mike.

Bring back the long format.... PLEASE!

I'm sure all eventing lovers have noticed that these tragedies have been happening more and more since the short format replaced the long.

RIP Kingpin

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I am sure Jim Wofford is going to write an article about this.

Jim Wofford, amongst many others - want the Long Format back!

R.I.P Kingpin!
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I think he might have said something about it in the latest Practical Horseman. Someone said something about it.

Bottom line is, this has GOT to stop. Seems like Ralph's fall got the ball rolling and it, unfortunately, has yet to stop. :(

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What is the difference b/t short and long format?

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post #6 of 19 Old 04-25-2009, 09:55 PM
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I was there....
But I wasnt at the Trahkener (yes I know I spelled it wrong) jump #10 at the time. Poor Kingpin and Mike Winter :(
I knew there was a delay, but I thought it was just for a fall. How sad...
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post #7 of 19 Old 04-25-2009, 10:33 PM
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Long format: all horse inspections, dressage, cross country, roads and tracks, steeplechase, showjumping

Short format (the one causing problems): all horse inspections, dressage, cross country, showjumping

The problem is that people insist that their horse is fit and ready for Advanced when they really aren't. The fitness is tested by cross country, yes, but mostly by roads and tracks and steeplechase. The long format tends to bring people back down to reality and it picks out the ready ones from the ones who need more time.

Btw eventn, I can't spell Trakhener? Either. Lol

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Kingpin just before the last jump.

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While it is true that many horses aren't ready for Advanced, Kingpin did not die as a result to being unfit or even messing up the fence. He had internal bleeding from his abdomen and most likely had an aneurysm. It could have happened to any of the horses and isn't something Mike knew about. He wouldn't have run him if he thought Kingpin might collapse.
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post #10 of 19 Old 04-27-2009, 03:56 PM
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Thank you StarFeesh.
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