Two Sox, British Team Silver Medalist at WEG, Europeans, Euthanized After Apparent Accident

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Two Sox ridden by Maria Eilberg. © Ken Braddick/dressage-news.com

Two Sox, who was ridden by Maria Eilberg of Great Britain to team silver at the World Equestrian Games in Kentucky last year, was euthanized Saturday after an apparent accident in his paddock barely two weeks after retirement.

The death was reported by Maria Eilberg’s mother, Geri, to Horse Hero web site.

“Barely two weeks into retirement, Two Sox, our beloved Ed (who retired after the National Championships), shattered his pastern while grazing and was put down on Saturday,” she was quoted.

“It is a complete mystery how this happened as he appeared to be settling perfectly into his new routine of hacking and turnout. The paddock was small, level and in view of our outdoor arena so we could keep an eye on him and he seemed perfectly relaxed in the October sunshine.

“We are all devastated it is like losing a member of the family, he was such a special horse, one of the best. it’s been a terrible shock, especially for Maria.”

Two Sox was aged 17 and had been ridden by Maria at Grand Prix since he was 10. He was a Westfalen gelding (Ehrentusch x Furstin x Frühlingsrausch).

The pair won the British Grand Prix championship in 2008 and were members of the British teams that won silver at the European Championships at Windsor, England, in 2009 and at the WEG in Kentucky in 2010, both historic events for British dressage.