Tokyo, Japan – Aug. 1, 2021 – Following an injury sustained on the the cross-country course at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games, Jet Set, a 14-year-old gelding ridden by Switzerland’s Robin Godel, was euthanized. The 14-year-old gelding stumbled between jumps in the Mt. Fuji Water Complex and was pulled up by Godel 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. 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,” the official press release stated.
“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.
He was previous competed by New Zealand’s Andrew Nicholson before Godel began campaigning him in 2020. Earlier this year he placed 7th at the Marbach CCI4*-S and 14th at the Luhmuhlen CCI4*-S with Godel. In Saturday’s dressage phase at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games the pair earned a score of 36.40.
In a statement issued by the FEI, they wrote, “It is with great sadness that we announce that the Swiss horse Jet Set, ridden by Robin Godel has had to be euthanized after pulling up extremely lame on the Sea Forest Cross Country Course.Our deepest condolences to Robin, the Swiss team and all those connected to Jet Set. A true loss to the eventing community, Jet Set will always be remembered as the fantastic horse that captured all our hearts. We ask you all to please be considerate of Robin and the team during this very tough time.”
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