After a day of strong performances in the cross country phase of the Eventing Team GBR and the equestrian world were shocked to the core when Team GBR rider Harry Meade’s horse, Wild Lone, collapsed and died shortly after completing his cross country round.
The combination had completed the course clear, without difficulty and Harry said Wild Lone felt “totally normal and perfect in every way”. Wild Lone collapsed shortly after Harry dismounted and although vets were called there was nothing that could be done. As per FEI rules there will now be a post-mortem carried out to establish the cause of death.
You can read Harry’s moving tribute to Wild Lone, a horse he described as “the best cross country horse in the world”, here.
Below are the reports from the rest of the day’s events:
The Team GBR Eventing squad will no doubt compete in the final phase of the competition with heavy hearts but they are all determined to be on that podium to honour team mate Harry Meade and Wild Lone.
Britain is currently sitting in silver medal position in the team competition and William Fox-Pitt (Chilli Morning) holds the individual gold.
As of 9am Sunday all three Team GBR horses have passed the vet’s inspection and will be going forward to compete in the showjumping phase of the event. Tina Cook and Zara Phillips completed the course clear and are standing in 13th and 14th place.
British individual rider Nicola Wilson currently sits in 11th position but unfortunately fellow individual rider Oliver Townend didn’t complete the course after his horse, Black Tie II, ran into a few problems.
As expected by Reining fans it was a Team USA one, two three in the individual final of the World Equestrian Games 2014 Reining competition.
Gold medal position went to American rider Shawn Flarida riding Spooks Gotta Whiz with team mates Andrea Fappani and Mandy McCutcheon taking silver and bronze.
Team GBR individual rider Josh Collins finished in 15th place after recovering from a disappointing start to score 218.5.