Ryan Wood’s Shannondale Julius suffered a fatal fall in the cross-country warm-up at the ESDCTA New Jersey Horse Trials in Allentown, New Jersey, on Sept. 30.
Wood, West Grove, Pennsylvania, was competing in a training level division. He was not injured in the fall.
Owned by Wood, Amy Peloquin and Logan Moore, the 5-year-old Irish Sport Horse gelding (Shannondale Sarco—Shannondale High Flyer, High Roller) had successfully completed two training level events this summer.
“I am devastated writing this statement that Shannondale Julius suffered a fatal fall today in cross-country warm-up at New Jersey Horse Trials,” said Wood in a statement. “He fell at a jump and broke his neck, and we are gutted to lose him this way. We have had him since he was a 3-year-old and had a great bond together. I’m so sad for Julius and his owners, Amy and Logan, and everyone at Woodstock Eventing who loved him. Thank you to the event for all of their help on a terrible day for our team.”