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May 27, 2012

Updated: Pony Dies At Devon

Small pony Humble died May 26 at the Devon Horse Show in Devon, Pa. Humble was in a barn on the show grounds when he died.

Humble, a 9-year-old Welsh pony by Blue Rain, was owned by Amber Hill Farm. He'd competed the day before in the small pony hunter division.

Humble had been a regular competitor on the A circuit, finishing overall eighth at USEF Pony Finals (Ky.) in that division last year.

"This has been a terrible tragedy for the Mandarino family, and we do not wish to comment any further," said Elizabeth Mandarino, owner of Amber Hill Farm in Bedminster, N.J.

David Distler, who has managed Devon since 1985, has been involved with the show since 1974 and managed many other shows over the years, said he received a call from steward Jim LaHood just before 7 a.m. that a pony had died.

According to Distler, the horse show will cooperate however they can with the U.S. Equestrian Federation. According to Donna Rocchetti, who is also serving as a steward at Devon, the first point of protocol is to call the USEF Emergency Hotline. The stewards will also report the event in detail to the USEF.

The pony was transported the University of Pennsylvania New Bolton Center for a necropsy, a procedure which, according to Rocchetti, was not ordered by the USEF. LaHood declined to comment on the incident.

JoanNortonVMD
1 year 15 weeks ago
Performance Supressing Drugs: Know your horses' mediations!
While it is common practice for show hunters to receive medications to "mellow" them out, by not fully understanding the mechanism of these drugs (that are typically intended for completely different... Read More
thegoldenticket
1 year 45 weeks ago
pony at Devon
its been a few weeks since that pony died, any news on WHY??????? Read More

Comments

lilanimaluvr
1 year 46 weeks ago

Pony Dies at Devon

Oh, come on, everyone knows that pony was killed because he was injected with magnesium to calm him down. He is not the first and prob won't be the last. The horse world needs to stop covering this up.
fortheloveofthepony
1 year 46 weeks ago

RIP Humble

for you had owners who were heartless:(... This HAS to STOP!!! Has the owner been charged yet? Cruelty Charges for the suffering the animal endured? Practicing Veterinary Medicine wihout a license? From what I understand from horse show competitors she left after the pony was seizing? AND...is this the first time this has happened to her?? Devon has an immaculate reputation and should not tolerate a so called "trainer" to behave with such disregard and reckless behavior. I am livid over this
fortheloveofthepony
1 year 46 weeks ago

RIP Humble

for you had owners who were heartless:(... This HAS to STOP!!! Has the owner been charged yet? Cruelty Charges for the suffering the animal endured? Practicing Veterinary Medicine wihout a license? From what I understand from horse show competitors she left after the pony was seizing? AND...is this the first time this has happened to her?? Devon has an immaculate reputation and should not tolerate a so called "trainer" to behave with such disregard and reckless behavior. I am livid over this
thegoldenticket
1 year 45 weeks ago

pony at Devon

its been a few weeks since that pony died, any news on WHY???????
JoanNortonVMD
1 year 15 weeks ago

Performance Supressing Drugs: Know your horses' mediations!

While it is common practice for show hunters to receive medications to "mellow" them out, by not fully understanding the mechanism of these drugs (that are typically intended for completely different therapeutic applications), owners and trainers take huge risks with their horses lives without even knowing it. Check out our story of ignorance not leading to bliss in our Strong As A Horse blog on Norton Veterinary Consulting and Education Resources website. We are also starting a page called The Medicine Trunk to help educate owners on the medications that may be used.
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