Emily Cammock and Dambala Photo © Ben Radvanyi
As the Rolex Three-Day Event wraps up, one rider is coping after announcing her horse was euthanized. New Zealand rider Emily Cammock, who traveled to the U.S. to compete, told her fans Dambala was injured on cross-country Saturday.
Saturday’s cross-country conditions were sloppy and may have proved too much for Cammock’s mount. “He slipped badly on takeoff at the second fence and I saw the ground approaching rapidly,” said Cammock. “Luckily Oscar regained his balance and the saddle tight glue kept me on board. After that, the course was a pleasure to ride.”
The announcers on the live feed commented during the pair’s cross-country round that the gelding was being sold to fund the rest of Cammock’s string in New Zealand. The pair completed the course clear with 11.2 time penalties.
“After the second to last fence I felt something wasn’t quite right and as we pulled up at the end of the course it was obvious we had a problem,” she said on social media. He was lame coming off the course and was taken away by the equine ambulance. Cammock attributed the seriousness of the situation to an old injury. The 15-year-old thoroughbred gelding was withdrawn prior to the last phase.
The decision to euthanize was made with “careful consideration for his welfare and support from the veterinary team,” Cammock said. The gelding had significant damage to his suspensory ligament. While the injury would have been able to be rehabilitated for retirement, Cammock said Dambala, “is not much of a spectator.” She told Eventing Nation that although arrangements were being made for him to stay in the states to rehab, it became clear on Sunday morning that “there was no support left in the suspensory structure.”
There were no other reports of serious injuries to horses, according to officials.