Equine insurance: Event rider Daisy Berkeley's horse dies

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Equine insurance: Event rider Daisy Berkeley's horse dies

Olympic event rider Daisy Berkeley is mourning the death of her horse, Spring Along, after the mount died at this weekend's Gatcombe Horse Trials.

The 18-year-old animal fell while attempting a fence on the course and died instantly, having suffered a suspected heart attack.

Ms Berkeley was thrown from the horse in the incident but was not seriously injured.

Spring Along came under Ms Berkley's care as a five year old and was ridden to victory at the 2007 European Championships.

The gelding also secured a bronze at the 2008 Hong Kong Olympics and was expected to head to London 2012 as Ms Berkley's mount, if the eventer was successful in qualification.

It was the horse's first run of the current season, with Ms Berkley competing at Gatcombe as a pre-run to April's Mitsubishi Badminton Horse Trials.

Ms Berkley has been competing at senior-squad level since 1997, when she debuted on a mount named Little Victor.

March 28th 2011

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