Articles: Press Release
2004 Olympic Show Jumping Team Horse Royal Kaliber
Sadly Euthanized In the Netherlands
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 8, 2004
Royal Kaliber, one of the United States most brilliant horses ever to
compete internationally in show jumping, was humanely euthanized today
in the Netherlands. He underwent colic surgery for intestinal
adhesions, on September 27th and had been recovering well until two days
ago when his progress considerably slowed. Royal Kaliber took Chris
Kappler to a Team Silver medal and an Individual Bronze medal at the
2004 Olympic Games in Athens.
According to Dr. Tim Ober, a veterinarian for the USEF team, "His
discomfort began at noon yesterday and by this morning it was obvious we
needed to go in surgically for another look. We found more adhesions in
the intestine that were not repairable. We had no options since we would
have had to leave him with a gastro-intestinal tract that was
insufficient; therefore, we had no choice but do the humane thing and
euthanize him. Jenny Kappler and Luis Hernandez stayed with Roy right
to the end; it's a very hard time for them, and all his connections. "
"Roy meant so much to us, not just as a great competitor, but as a part
of our family and lives. We are devastated by his loss but we know we
have made the right decision for him. The prognosis was poor and we
have complete faith in the veterinary team that tended to Roy. I
believe we all did everything we could to save him," said Kathy Kamine,
who co-owned Royal Kaliber with Chris and Jenny Kappler.
"Our hearts go out to the Kamines and Kapplers. We have lost a great
competitor and member of our USEF family. These are the toughest
moments in our sport but the time when we lend support to people who
continue to contribute so much," said John Long, Chief Executive Officer
of the USEF.
Condolences for the Kapplers and Kamines may be sent via e-mail to
will be forwarded to them.
For more information contact Maria Partlow at (502) 777-3459.