On June 9, two horses died in the CCI*** at the Equi-Trek Bramham Horse Trials in West Yorkshire, England.
Lead The Way, ridden by Clea Phillipps and owned by Vere Phillipps, Judy Barnard and the rider, died at fence 14, part of the Woodhead Seeds Hollow. The 14-year-old bay Irish-bred gelding jumped fence 13 and then collapsed as he jumped the A element of fence 14. He was immediately attended by the veterinarians on course, but they were unable to save him. Clea was uninjured.
Jagganath, who was ridden by Michael Jackson and owned by Carole Mortimer, died after finishing cross-country. Jagganath, a 10-year-old bay gelding (Jumbo—Dubathorn, Dubasoff), had completed the cross-country course clear without penalty and collapsed after the finish.
Veterinary delegate David Green said there were no issues with any fences on the course. “Something medically went wrong with both horses,” he said. “It is incredibly bad luck.”