The sport of eventing lost another legendary horse last week. John Williams’ Olympic and World Equestrian Games partner Carrick was euthanized last Friday, April 14. Carrick was 25.
The pair proudly rode for the United States at the 2002 World Equestrian Games where they finished fourth and the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens where Team USA finished bronze.
Carrick was also a strong force at the very top levels. With multiple CCI4* completions, he also finished second at the 2002 Kentucky Three-Day Event and fourth at the 2003 Burghley Horse Trials. Carrick never had a cross-country penalty at any level in 13-year career.
Carrick and John Williams at the 2004 Olympic Games. Photo from the USEA Archives.
The Canadian Sport Horse by Cozy’s Commander and out of Anita was a competitive force through the grueling endurance of the long format, and remained a feature of the sport still after the abridged short format was introduced.
The USEA sends its condolences to all of Carrick’s connections and fans.