D.he eventing cross-country test was overshadowed by the death of a horse. The 14-year-old gelding Jet Set of the Swiss Robin Godel had to be put to sleep on Sunday, as the organizers announced a few hours after the competition.
The horse had injured its leg at a water hazard and was taken to a veterinary clinic by ambulance. There an irreparable torn ligament was found directly above the hoof during an ultrasound examination. With the consent of the owner and the rider, it was decided to euthanize the gelding.
“Due to the severity of the injury and the associated pain, the horse had to be put to sleep shortly afterwards,” said a statement from the umbrella organization Swiss Olympic. The 22-year-old rider was unharmed.
The German eventing team has meanwhile lodged a protest after the cross-country ride. This was confirmed by a spokeswoman for the German Equestrian Association on Sunday. The reason is therefore the triggering of a safety system when Michael Jung from Horb rode with Chipmunk. Jung “touched the obstacle as normal”, said national coach Hans Melzer. Triggering the security system was punished with eleven penalty points. In the individual, Jung fell from first to tenth place before the final competition on Monday (10:00 a.m. in the FAZ live ticker for the Olympics, on ARD and on Eurosport). The German team slipped from second to sixth.