Devon Horse Show officials confirm a small pony owned by Amber Hill Farm died on the show grounds this morning. The cause of death is unknown.
The 2003 welsh pony, Humble, reportedly died in the stabling area. The small pony was scheduled to compete with a child who was leasing the gelding for the competition. A sales ad placed by horse trainer Elizabeth Mandarino said the pony was also leased for Pony Finals to a different rider.
The farm’s website states the pony was 8th Overall at the 2011 United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) Pony Finals in the Small Pony Hunters among winning other awards.
The pony’s body was taken to New Bolton Center where a necropsy will be performed to establish a cause of death. According to Chronicle of the Horse, the necropsy was not ordered by USEF. The USEF does not have an established protocol when a horse dies at a horse show.
The Fédération Equestre Internationale (FEI) enacted a new rule in January 2012 for horses put down at FEI horse shows. It requires a full post-mortem must be completed and forwarded to the FEI’s Veterinary Department. “Urine and blood samples must be collected at earliest opportunity for forensic analysis and submitted as for routine samples for medication control.”
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