Matiné Euthanized After Breaking Leg in Field

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Blue Hors Matiné ridden by Andreas Helgstrand at 2006 World Equestrian Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com
Blue Hors Matiné ridden by Andreas Helgstrand at 2006 World Equestrian Games. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

RANDBØL, Denmark, Jan. 25–Blue Hors Matiné, the gray mare that was a star of the 2006 World Equestrian Games, was put down Monday after breaking her leg in the field.

The Blue Hors Silver Moon mare ridden by Andreas Helgstrand won the Grand Prix Freestyle silver medal and bronze in the Grand Prix Special at the WEG in Aachen, Germany.

However, she sustained a tendon injury when she slipped on arrival at the World Cup Final in Las Vegas in 2007 and never recovered sufficiently to be a championship contender.

Matiné retired to stud last August.

She was in the field with Blue Hors Cavan when a staff member noticed she was injured.

Her off fore leg was broken at the knee and the vet had to put her down, said director of the Blue Hors Stud Esben Moller.

Matiné was bought by Blue Hors as a three-year-old after the horse was found by Esben Moller and Lars Petersen, who was the main rider for Blue Hors stud at the timebut who now is based in Wellington, Florida. His own Grand Prix horse, Success, is also by Silver Moon.

Petersen said his partner, Melissa Taylor, was visiting Blue Hors Monday and phoned him with the news.

“I never competed Matiné but Andreas did a wonderful job with a beautiful horse,” he said. “It is very sad.”