Wednesday, Dec. 6, 2023

Horse Dies At Massachusetts Horse Trials



A horse died Oct. 7 while competing in the cross-country phase of the Apple Knoll Farm Horse Trials in Millis, Massachusetts, organizers announced Saturday.

Ready To Rumble, a 7-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Central Banker—Songandapsalm) owned and ridden by Rachel Stankaitis, was competing in the training division and died after impact with Fence 19B during the cross-country phase. Stankaitis was attended to on site and then was transferred to a regional hospital for further care.


The organizing team of the Apple Knoll Farm H.T. and the U.S. Eventing Association extend their deepest sympathy and condolences to all of Ready To Rumble’s connections.

Correction: An earlier version of this story misstated the age of the horse. According to the owner’s family and the event organizer, the horse—whose Jockey Club registered name was Songtral—was 7 years old.




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