The sport of showjumping has suffered a heartbreaking loss this Sunday as Andrew “Andy” Kocher’s(USA) fairytale horse suffered a tragic injury.
To make it even more heartbreaking, it was supposed to be the 17-year-old grey gelding’s (Cumano x Double Espoir) last round of competition.
In fact, Kocher had released the following statement on his Instagram account yesterday:
”If your a Navalo fan be sure to watch the Hickstead Derby tomorrow at 2:45 London time on clip my horse TV. This will be the eighteen thousand dollar ($18,000.00) Champions’ last round of his career. If your a dreamer you won’t want to miss it. The horse that took a normal guy from the middle of nowhere Pennsylvania to the World Cup Finals and all over the world. Wish him luck! We have a special idea for his retirement but we won’t let that information out yet. If you do not have a clip my horse account we will replay it on the Andy Kocher LLC Facebook page tomorrow.”
The organizers of the Al Shira’aa Hickstead Derby Meeting released the following statement in regards to the tragedy:
“The organisers of the All England Jumping Course are sad to report that Navalo De Poheton, the ride of the USA’s Andrew Kocher, was fatally injured while competing in the Hickstead Derby today (24 June). The 17-year-old gelding broke a leg on the flat, and despite receiving immediate veterinary attention in the ring he was not able to be saved. The Bunn family and the title sponsors Al Shira’aa expressed their condolences to the horse’s connections, and praised the swift and professional reactions of the Arena officials and veterinary team.”
On behalf of Jumper News, we would like to express our condolences to Kocher and his team in regards to this irreplaceable loss.
Sources: All England Jumping Course / Andrew Kocher Instagram account
Photo: © McCool Photography
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