Lexington, KY - It is with great sadness that the United States Equestrian Federation (USEF) learned that Woodburn, owned by Ann Jones and Mardie Faucett, was euthanized last night. Woodburn appeared to have suffered major internal bleeding at home, the cause of which is unknown. More information will be available after an autopsy.
Woodburn and Phillip Dutton represented the United States at the 2010 Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games, where they contributed to the fourth place effort of the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team. They finished 18th individually.
The 15-year-old New Zealand Thoroughbred gelding was second at the 2010 Rolex Kentucky CCI4*, 12th in 2009 and 10th in 2008. He was also third at the 2007 Fair Hill International CCI3*. He toyed with some of the biggest cross country courses in the world, making them look easy. In 2008, he stormed around the track at the Burghley CCI4* and into second place only to be withdrawn with a foot injury before the show jumping.
He began his career in the United States with Liz Millikin, who imported him from New Zealand, and then he competed successfully through the CCI2* level with Emily Beshear.
Woodburn will be greatly missed by the Land Rover U.S. Eventing Team and the entire eventing community.
Photo: Woodburn in his Element (Shannon Brinkman Photo)