Jet Set, a horse ridden by Switzerland’s Robin Godel, was euthanized after sustaining an injury on the cross-country course at the Tokyo Olympics today, Aug. 1. The gelding pulled up lame after jumping through the Mt. Fuji Water Complex at fence 20.
“The horse received immediate veterinary attention at the fence and, after an initial assessment, was transferred by horse ambulance to the onsite Veterinary Clinic,” stated a press release. “Sadly, ultrasound scans revealed an irreparable ligament rupture in the lower right limb, just above the hoof, and on humane grounds and with the agreement of the owners and athlete, the decision was taken to put the horse to sleep.
“In line with the FEI Veterinary Regulations, samples have already been taken from the horse and a post mortem will be conducted,” the release continued.
Jet Set, a 14-year-old Spanish-bred horse (Nordico—Carina) was previously ridden to the five-star level by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson. With Godel, he placed 14th at the Luhmuhlen CCI4*-S (Germany) in June.