Apache Sauce, British eventer Mary King’s former four-star horse, was euthanized on Oct. 6 after suffering an injury at the Weston Park Horse Trials in Shropshire, England.
The 16-year-old Thoroughbred gelding (Endoli—Saucy Secret, Colman) was competing in the CCI** with King’s 16-year-old daughter, Emily, when his front tendon ruptured between fences 2 and 3 on cross-country.
Emily took over the ride on the chestnut gelding this fall after Mary and owner Gillian Jonas decided to retire “Caffery” from upper-level competition. The horse had become wary of drop fences and galloping downhill.
With Mary, Caffery completed 10 four-stars, finishing in the top 10 five times, including a fourth-placed finish at the Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials CCI**** (England) in 2008 and a fifth-placed finish at Burghley in 2010.
“He had never been lame in his life,” wrote Mary on her facebook page . “We are all feeling very sad. Dear Caff, we are going to miss him soo much.”