The USEA is sad to report that Enchantez, an 18-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Devil’s Joy x Reunion) was euthanized today due to a broken leg. Owned and ridden by Clare Walker, Enchantez was competing in the Open Intermediate division at the Champagne Run Horse Trials at the Kentucky Horse Park in Lexington, Ky. The accident happened on the landing of a jump early on the cross-country course and Walker was uninjured in the fall.
Enchantez competed through the CCI4* with his previous owner, Lindsay Oaks, and finished 35th at the 2014 Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event. Walker and Enchantez had been together since the spring of 2015.
The USEA sends our condolences to Walker and all of Enchantez’ connections.
On this episode of the Equiratings Eventing Podcast, show host Nicole Brown talks to Pan American Games gold medalist and U.S. team stalwart Boyd Martin about his career to date, highs and lows, and coming back from injury.
On Monday, March 8 at 5:00 p.m. Eastern, USEF will host a member webinar providing updates on the impacts of the case of EHV-1 (neurological) reported in Ocala, Florida. This case is similar in nature, but unrelated to the neurological strain of EHV-1 impacting Valencia (ESP) and other European countries.
As competitors rise through the levels, they often see the costs associated with competition rise and, unfortunately for most organizers, this can’t be avoided. With fewer competitors requiring more jumps, officials, footing management, etc., the expenses for running higher levels – especially FEI – are greater than lower levels.
Our sport is going to present you with many amazing opportunities, and some equally amazing challenges. While you’re sure to enjoy the opportunities, it sometimes takes a little more effort to enjoy the challenges. Contrary to the common misconception (from non-equestrians) that our sport is easy, it’s actually one of the hardest and most demanding sports of all!