17 januari 2009

Leipzig: Christoph Sandmann loses horse

Rambo, the left wheeler horse of Christoph Sandmann, died unexpectedly after the warming up round of the FEI World Cup Driving in Leipzig last night.

The 15-year-old German bred gelding became unwell when the team was walked around in harness to cool down. Rambo died shortly in the hands of his groom and in presence of Sandmann and the veterinarian. The incident happened during the competition so the spectators and the other competitors did not notice what happened.

Rambo came to Sandmann’s stables when he was four years old and played a key role in Christoph’s team and contributed to the many successes of the German four-in-hand driver.
Despite the fact that Christoph, who won the FEI World Cup Final in Leipzig last year, is very upset, he will most probably compete in the show this evening and in tomorrow’s World Cup competition.

Rambo (left wheel) during his last round.
Photo: Rinaldo de Craen