Second horse dies at Aintree steeplechase in England

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Christian Science Monitor – April 6, 2013 – AP

Liam Treadwell , bottom left, falls from Regal D'estruval at the fence during the Steeple Chase, on Ladies' Day at Aintree Racecourse Liverpool, England, Friday, April 5, 2013. Another horse, Little Josh, died Friday after a fall at Aintree. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

Liam Treadwell , bottom left, falls from Regal D’estruval at the fence during the Steeple Chase, on Ladies’ Day at Aintree Racecourse Liverpool, England, Friday, April 5, 2013. Another horse, Little Josh, died Friday after a fall at Aintree.
(AP Photo/Jon Super)

AINTREE, ENGLAND

The Aintree Festival was plunged into more grief Friday following the death of another horse over the fences used in the Grand National Steeplechase, overshadowing the latest classy victory by Sprinter Sacre.

Little Josh was destroyed after breaking a shoulder following a heavy fall in the Topham Steeplechase, the fourth race of the day. He was the second horse to die at this year’s festival, after Battlefront on Thursday.

“This injury was not treatable and it was the necessary course of action,” said Prof. Chris Proudman, veterinary advisor at Aintree.

It is a major blow to organizers who were hoping for an incident-free festival after making modifications to the course in the wake of four deaths in the past two Grand Nationals and complaints from animal-rights groups.

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AUTHOR: Jerry Finch
6 Comments
  • Robynne Catheron

    We cannot, in good conscience, continue to push our horses to higher and more difficult feats. They will give us all they have, including their lives, if we ask them. We humans are so greedy, so desirous of prestige, that we all too often overlook the needs of our horses. This accident is proof positive. Just because a horse CAN do something, doesn’t mean he SHOULD.

    April 7, 2013
    • BlessUsAll

      Amen, Robynne.

      And just because humans CAN do so many things that harm horses — and all animals — doesn’t men we SHOULD.

      Rest in peace, Little Josh. May your senseless death not be in vain.

      April 7, 2013
    • Laurel

      You are so right, Robynne. These races could be great horse sport, if man’s ego would come under control! The humans need to find another venue for their “Dare-devil” feats, and allow the horses to be just the great athletes that they are! As there are equine deaths every stinkin’ year, those who promote this are no better than dog-fight promoters.
      The quote at the end, seems to say that they would have left the course even deadlier if it weren’t for the complaining bunny-huggers.

      April 7, 2013
  • shirley mix

    How long before humans realize that that animals feel pain And that anyone who harms them should be punished.

    April 7, 2013
  • Deborah Beare

    Just heart breaking. Will people ever learn or ever care that the horse is more important than the trophy, prize or prestige. Rest in peace Little Josh :'(

    April 8, 2013
  • Daryl

    So sorry Little Josh was put down after a fall. I am sure it was not good for the ower of the horse too, but why risk the horses life in a race?

    April 9, 2013