Kingpin, ridden by Mike Winter and owned by the rider and the Kingpin Syndicate, died while competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event today, April 25 in Lexington, Ky. Kingpin, a 13-year-old Irish Sport Horse, fell while negotiating Fence 10 and died at the scene.
He was taken for a complete necropsy at the Kentucky State Diagnostic Lab, but it has not been completed yet.
According to Catherine Kohn, Vetinerary Delegate, Kingpin bled into his abdomen, and as far as she could tell, had no broken bones as a result of the fall.
“He most likely died of natural causes, not as a result of the fence,” she said.
The rider was sent to Georgetown Community Hospital for further evaluation, but has been released.
The pair competed for Canada in the 2008 Olympics.