The US Eventing Association has reported that the horse Flashpoint collapsed and died after completing the preliminary cross-country course at the Fair Hill International Horse Trials in Maryland on April 21.
The 20-year-old thoroughbred gelding was owned by former USEA Area II Chair Duncan MacRae and was being ridden by his wife, Susan, at Fair Hill.
The Chronicle of the Horse reported that Flashpoint crossed the finish line after a double-clear round and started going down. Despite immediate veterinary attention, he died shortly after.
The McRaes, of Kintnersville, Pennsylvania, bought Flashpoint as a four-year-old steeplechaser, and we went up through the ranks and completed a CCI two-star with Duncan in 2003. Susan had been riding Flashpoint (Regal and Royal x All Times, by Al Hattab) for a year.