Champion horse dies after winning event at Royal

Written by Muleskinner Staff

(KANSAS CITY, Mo., AP) — American Royal officials say a horse collapsed and died moments after winning a competition in Kansas City.
American Royal officials say the horse, CH The Attache Orchid, collapsed and died Thursday after taking a victory lap for winning the Three-Gaited Pony Class.
The competition’s horse show veterinarian, Kerby Weaver, says the horse suffered a ruptured aorta.
Royal officials say the mare, which was about 16 years old, belonged to Steven Chancellor of Evansville, Ind. It had been shown Thursday by his 17-year-old daughter, Hunter. She was not hurt.
The Kansas City Star reports (http://bit.ly/U3SdPa) the horse’s remains will be transported to Indiana for burial on the family’s farm.
The horse was a seven-time winner at the American Royal-United Professional Horsemen’s Association National Championship show in Kansas City.
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Information from: The Kansas City Star, http://www.kcstar.com