Suspected Cardiac Emergency Causes Death of Grand Prix Winner Rebroff on AGDF Showgrounds

Wellington, Fla. – Jan. 30, 2021 – Equestrian Sport Productions management announced the passing of Rebroff, a 12-year-old gelding owned by Hof Kasselmann GmbH & Co. KG, on the horse show grounds at Equestrian Village at Palm Beach International Equestrian Center during the Adequan® Global Dressage Festival (AGDF) on Saturday, January 30.

Photo by Sue Stickle.

The horse was found to be in need of care in its stabling at 11:30 a.m Saturday morning. The FEI official veterinarian for AGDF as well as the treating veterinarian were on-site immediately. The horse did not die in the course of competition.

While the cause of death is unknown, it is a suspected cardiac event. The horse will be sent to the Kissimmee, FL, pathology laboratory for a necropsy per FEI regulations.

On Friday, Rebroff earned a score of 69.76% to win the Grand Prix CDI3* (for the Freestyle) with his new rider, Germany’s Frederic Wandres. It was the new combination’s debut in Big Tour competition as the gelding was previously campaigned by Germany’s Insa Hansen and placed third in the prestigious German Developing Grand Prix Horse Championship, the Louisdor Cup Finals in 2019.

Published on social media, Wandres wrote, “Yesterday he was a winner, today he is not anymore with us. We tried our very best to make his life as nice as possible since we’ve had him. Lars [Ligus] and Francois [Kasselmann] have been with him until the end.”

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