Stockholm, Sweden – March 8, 2021 – The Swedish Equestrian Federation released a statement earlier this week announcing that that Frederik Jönsson‘s (SWE) Cold Play had to be euthanized after an accident. The Swede and the 13-year-old bay Oldenburg gelding (Contendro I x Argentinus) were frequenty called to represent the nation in international competitions.
After returning from the Sunshine Tour, the horse was being lunged and suddenly landed on three legs. Immediately, Jönsson went to see what had happened and called a veterinarian but there was nothing they could do after the X-rays confirmed the situation.
Cold Play‘s shiningest moment came at the 2018 World Equestrian Games in Tryon, North Carolina, USA, where the gelding helped the Swedish Team earn silver honors in the coveted championship. Moreover, the duo also had the best result in the individual competition, finishing in eighth place. Another great achievement was being part of the winning team in the 2019 Longines FEI Jumping Nations Cup of Great Britain CSIO 5* at Hickstead.
“I’ve had him for nine years. He has meant everything to my career. And he has been a really good friend too. I want to thank Cold Play for all the memories and for everything he has meant to me. I also want to thank my companions and co-owners the Ingvarsson family, and everyone else in the team around this horse. Cold Play has meant so much to so many. It is incredibly sad that it would end like this prematurely, says Fredrik.
“It is a very big loss for Swedish jumping. My thoughts are with Fredrik and the whole team of horse owners” says , the national captain in jumping,” stated Sweden’s Chef d’Equipe Henrik Ankarcrona.
On behalf of Jumper News, we send our condolences to all those close to Cold Play.
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Source: Press release from the Swedish Equestrian Federation / Svenska Ridsportförbundet
Photos: © FEI / Satu Pirinen / Liz Gregg