Articles: Press Release
In Memorium: Mythilus (1994-2009)
Courtney King-Dye and Mythilus. (Photo credit: Amy
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 10, 2009
It is with great sadness that the United States Equestrian Federation
reports that former Olympic mount and dressage horse Mythilus was humanely
euthanized Friday, October 9, as a result of complications discovered during
a colic surgery.
The 15-year-old Dutch Warmblood gelding was the former partner of Olympian
Courtney King-Dye. In June 2008, King-Dye finished in third place at 2008
Olympic Dressage Trials with Mythilus, securing the pairs trip to compete in
He began to colic yesterday afternoon, and he was taken to Fairfield Equine,
said King-Dye. It was clear that surgery was inevitable. Dr. Rick Mitchell
and his staff did everything they could. I feel blessed to have had Myth in
my life. We went through many struggles and heartbreaks as well as many
pinnacles and joyous times.
I consider this a personal loss, when you travel with a horse and become
personally acquainted with them you get attached. This is a huge loss not to
have him available for the U.S. dressage team, said Dr. Rick Mitchell. This
was a serious colic. After observation and a rapid transport to the clinic,
we discovered it was an inoperable abnormality. I want to assure people that
because of the quick response to his colic, Mythilus did not suffer unduly.
The horse, owned by John and Leslie Malone, will be buried at Bel Aire Farm
in Millbrook, NY.
The vision of the United States Equestrian Federation is to provide
for equestrian sport in the United States of America by promoting the
of excellence from the grassroots to the Olympic Games, based on a
foundation of fair, safe competition and the welfare
of its human and equine athletes.