Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Every Equestrian's Worst Nightmare

In the aftermath of shock that was the death of Showjumping star Hickstead, Blas Lago's Northern Hector's death was not treated so gently.

Upon feeling Hector collapse beneath him whilst preparing for the Grand Prix, Lago, his rider of 15 years was rushed away from his best friend to gather his thoughts and have a strong coffee - only to hear from someone they just saw the pet-food truck drive away. One of Australia's top ten dressage horses had become dog meat.

After Hickstead's death was pronounced there was an FEI post-mortem as of the FEI Veterinary Regulations. Hector - competing at an FEI event - was entitled to the same treatment as Hickstead received. Unfortunately these regulations were not at adhered to, worse still they were refuted by officials on the ground which saw him taken to be processed - without any consultation of Lago.

For such a personal matter to happen in the eyes of the public and regulations that should been maintained to be so blatently is ridiculous and an illegal act.

Click here to read full article..



  1. might want to refrain from believing everything you read. The event had not started yet, the FEI vet was not even there, yet this "journalist" singled him out and tried to place the blame on "others" whose duties at the show had yet to even commence! The source has an obvious agenda which has nothing to do with telling the truth. Anyone comparing it to Hickstead and claiming a violation of the rules might want to acquaint themselves with 2 things--the rule book and the timeline of this incident.

  2. Anonymous is anonymous for a reason...

    If you read over on Coth there is detailed accounts of how poorly this was handled and the appology from the venue.

    Someone took responsibility to shuffle the horse off for meat....and it was not the owner or rider. Bototm line.

  3. Thanks Bebe, I agree 100%.

    Anon - Here is an excerpt from the FEI's veterinary regulations demonstrating that the account the site and I provided is correct in our statements.

    17. If a horse is so severely injured that, in the opinion of the Veterinary Commission/Delegate or
    the Treating Veterinarian on site, it ought to be humanely destroyed, the Person Responsible or a
    representative must give approval. However, if neither is available, the Veterinary
    Commission/Delegate will proceed in order to prevent undue suffering to the horse. The method of
    euthanasia will be at the discretion of the veterinarian, preferably by the intravenous route. A post‐
    mortem should be performed under instruction from the Veterinary Commission/Delegate.    The
    Veterinary Commission/Delegate should make arrangements ahead of time with the Organising
    Committee and a Veterinary Pathology laboratory to facilitate a rapid and accurate post‐mortem. A
    copy of the post‐mortem report must be forwarded to the FEI Veterinary Department when it is
    available. The veterinarian concerned should always try to seek a second opinion prior to euthanasia if
    possible, or afterwards if this is not feasible. Urine and blood samples must be collected for forensic
    analysis and submitted as for routine samples for medication control.