Emily sends along this sad news: I have never sent anything to you guys before but I thought it was a story you might want to know about. I attend the Rolex Three Day Event in Lexington, Ky every year. We just had a tragic accident here yesterday during cross country, here is a press release.
Saturday, April 26, 2008 Press Statement #2
Frodo Baggins and Laine Ashker fell at fence 5. Ashker sustained injuries but was conscious, talking and able to move all extremities when she was transported to the University of Kentucky Hospital. She is currently under the care of the emergency and trauma services staff.
Frodo Baggins was immediately attended by a team of veterinarians. He was given intravenous fluids and supportive medications for shock and pain. After he was stabilized, he was sedated and transported by horse ambulance to nearby Hagyard Equine Medical Institute, where he was immediately attended by emergency personnel.
Further tests showed that Frodo Baggins had sustained a fracture at the base of his skull, as well as severe lung injury. As the prognosis was very poor, a representative of the family concurred that euthanasia was the most humane option for the horse. A complete necropsy examination will be performed. Everyone at the event is saddened by the loss of this brave horse.
Equestrian Events, Inc.
The horse Frodo Baggins was the horse used in the scene where the hobbits are hiding under the tree and the black rider rides up next to them. Laine Ashker bought the horse six years ago from the owner in New Zealand. He was New Zealand Thoroughbred.
If you have any questions let me know. The official website (where this release came from) for the event is rk3de.org.