Mythilus Dead From Colic

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Mythilus ridden by Courtney King-Dye at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. © 2008 Ken Braddick/
Mythilus ridden by Courtney King-Dye at the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games. © 2008 Ken Braddick/

NEWTOWN, Connecticut, Oct. 9–Harmony’s Mythilus, ridden by Courtney King-Dye for the United States in the 2008 Beijing Olympic Games, is dead of a colic. Mythilus was euthanized early Friday after being admitted to the Fairfield Equine Clinic in Connecticut.

The 1994 Dutch Warmblood stallion out of Ferro by a Furioso mare, was owned by Harmony Amateur Sports Foundation and Leslie Malone of Englewood, Colorado.

“I feel blessed to have had Myth in my life,” Courtney said. “We went through many struggles and heartbreaks as well as many pinnacles and joyous times. I can’t believe I won’t be greeted by his incredibly enthusiastic, curious, and happy face each time I pass his stall. He was a treasure. Such a generous, courageous, kind, warm, and giving horse I never expect to see again. My heart is broken.”

Courtney, 31, said that Mythilus began to colic Thursday afternoon at Bel Aire Farm in Millbrook, New York, and he was taken to Fairfield Equine Clinic in Newtown, Connecticut.

“Although he had some hopeful lulls of comfort,” she said, “overall his pain became worse and worse. At about 10:30 pm it was clear that surgery was inevitable. Dr. Rick Mitchell and his staff did everything they could, but they found an inoperable abnormality in Myth’s colon and were left with no choice but to euthanize him.”

Mythilus will be buried at Bel Aire.

“I believe that everyone who ever came into contact with Myth loved him,” Courtney said. “He left a mark on many people’s hearts and will be remembered always, not only for his competitive accolades but for being a beautiful and shining soul. He will be dearly missed.”