Organizers of Pacific League World Cup Final Apologize for Disposal of Northern Hector
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WERRIBEE, Australia, Dec. 21–Organizers of the Pacific League World Cup Final have apologized for the disposal of the body of Northern Hector without consulting the owner and rider, Blas Lago, of the 16-year-old gelding.
Caroline Coleby, an event director of the Saddleworld Dressage Festival that was also the Pacific League Final two weeks ago, issued the statement after widespread complaints over the handling of the body, details of which were first reported by Cyberhorse.com.au. Northern Hector collapsed and died at the show grounds the day before the start of competition.
“On behalf of the 2011 Saddleworld Dressage Festival I would like to express our sadness and regret over the passing of Blas Lago’s lovely Northern Hector on Wednesday 7th December at Werribee Park,” Caroline Coleby said in the statement. “Unfortunately due to a misunderstanding Northern Hector’s body was not treated as Blas would have wished and I apologise whole heartedly for this.
“Nothing that is said or done now will bring any more honour and respect to Northern Hector or Blas Lago and he has agreed with the release of this statement. Blas and Hector had a wonderful partnership, and their achievements always showed good sportsmanship.
“Everyone is sad and mourns the passing of Northern Hector. Our thoughts are with Blas at this difficult time and we hope that Blas finds another ‘best friend’ very soon. Rest in peace.”
Blas had competed North Hector at internatonal level Grand Prix in Australia since March, 2007.