A jumper competing at the Wellington Equestrian Festival in Florida died while walking after a clear show jumping round. It is unknown what led to the death of Free Style VH Polderhof, ridden by Catherine Tyree, on Thursday morning.
Tyree was transported to the hospital by ambulance after the mare’s collapse. Chronicle of the Horse reports Tyree suffered multiple fractures in her foot, but is otherwise uninjured.
The pair, trained by Missy Clark, were competing in an $8,000 1.45-meter class, held in the International Ring at WEF. Tyree was walking — about to start the the jump-off when the mare went down. The horse was transported from the ring in an equine ambulance, but was unable to be saved.
Free Style VH Polderhof was a 10-year-old Belgian Warmblood.
The United States Equestrian Federation United States Equestrian Federation’s Horse Welfare Rule GR843 (Mandatory Reporting and Cooperation of Horse/Pony Collapse) protocol requires blood samples be drawn for testing.
USEF did not pass the necropsy rule, so a necropsy is not mandatory, unless the owner requests one or their insurance carrier does.