Jennifer Simmons’ CCI*** horse J.B.’s Star was euthanized today, Oct. 16, after a fall at the Dansko Fair Hill CCI in Elkton, Md.
J.B.’s Star, an 11-year-old Thoroughbred, and his rider both fell at fence 17, the Footbridge. Simmons had to be extricated from under her horse, and both were transported off the course, resulting in a hold of more than 30 minutes.
Simmons went to Christiana Hospital in Newark, Del. She was alert and conscious and was kept for observation. She was released on Sunday, Oct. 17.
J.B.’s Star was stabilized and taken to the New Bolton Center in Kennett Square, Pa., where veterinarians discovered he had fractured his right humerus, the bone between the point of shoulder and elbow. Due to the severity of the injury and the poor prognosis for quality of life, the horse was euthanized.
As per Federation Equestre Internationale practice, an investigative panel of three individuals is researching the incident.
Earlier this year, Simmons, of Middleburg, Va., and J.B.’s Star finished fourth at the Jersey Fresh CIC*** (N.J.) and ninth at the Bromont CCI*** (Que.).