Drama among the riders – Olympic horse put to sleep in Tokyo
Stand: 3:01 p.m.
Dramatic scenes in the eventing course of the Olympic Games: Robin Godel and his horse fall on a water hazard. Black tarpaulins are pulled up. A little later the decision: the animal is put to sleep.
Jet Set, the horse of Swiss Olympic rider Robin Godel (22), is dead. The 14-year-old gelding had to be euthanized after falling in an eventing competition on Sunday’s Sea Forst Cross Country Course.
The World Equestrian Federation (FEI) announced this in a message: “It is with great sadness that we announce that the Swiss horse Jet Set, which is ridden by Robin Godel, had to be put to sleep.”
On the 20th element, a water hazard on the eventing cross-country course, the gelding tore his ligament on landing. Thereupon the animal lame, the competition was interrupted, the animal treated immediately. The organizers pulled up black tarpaulins to shield the animal lying on the ground. Shortly afterwards, the animal was taken to a clinic.
Reiter Godel was unharmed
During an ultrasound examination it was found: Jet Set had irreparable ligament damage directly above the hoof and would never be able to walk properly again. With the consent of the owner and rider, the animal was then euthanized. Rider Robin Godel was unharmed.
The Swiss Equestrian Federation wrote in a message: “Due to the severity of the injury and the pain it caused, the horse had to be put to sleep.”
Godel said goodbye shortly after the horse’s death. He posted a picture of him with the gelding on Instagram, wrote: “With a heavy heart I regret the much too fast departure of my beloved jet set, which tore a ligament here in Tokyo. In a gallop with only a few jumps, the injury forced us to let him go. “
Godel continues: “Jet was an excellent horse that once again completed a great off-road course. He did what he liked best: gallop and fly over the obstacles. “