Irish show jumper Cameron Hanley was dealt another cruel blow yesterday when his top horse, Antello Z, was euthanised.
The Mayo native was competing at the inaugural Liverpool International Horse Show when the 13-year-old gelding hesitated before taking off at a fence and stumbled on landing.
Hanley was pitched over the head of the horse, who reportedly continued around the arena with blood on his near foreleg, before making for the exit tunnel.
Antello Z, Hanley’s World Equestrian Games mount, was put to sleep following veterinary assessment.
The Claremorris man said on his Facebook page: “He brought me and those of us who were lucky enough to work with him so much happiness. He will always be in my heart, I loved him so much. R.I.P. my friend.”
Hanley has garnered huge respect for his resilience in the face of numerous setbacks. In January 2015, the majority of his top horses, including Antello Z, were removed by their owners from his German stables and relocated to Swiss rider Pius Schwizer. Hanley retained the impressive Living The Dream, as he held a 50% share in the gelding. Following negotiations, he relinquished his share in the horse in return for complete ownership of Antello Z and a second horse Cas 2.
In 2011, Hanley ruptured his patella tendon jumping fences on foot as he played with his children. It took 17 operations and a two-year layoff before a return to competitive action.
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