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Sapphire injured - out of action for the 2011 season

Wednesday, 30 March 2011

Sapphire and Ward at the WEG. Photo by Jenny Abrahamsson. McLain Ward’s best ride Sapphire has suffered an injury. The Darco-mare was meant to compete in the FTI Finale Grand Prix in Wellington last weekend, but a few days before the class she suffered a strained check ligament in her right front. Due to the injury Sapphire is going to be sitting out the remainder of the 2011 season.

“It was basically a bad step injury—it was nothing traumatic. It’s unfortunate, but this kind of thing happens,” Ward said. “It’s an injury that normally has a four to six-month recovery, but we’re going to give her a year off. I’m lucky to have a lot of depth, and we’d obviously like to take one last shot with her next year. We’re going to take a year off, try and heal it properly, and hopefully have a fresh, sound horse for next season.”

“I’m lucky to have other horses coming along who can possibly fill her shoes in different ways. But hopefully, her last chapter hasn’t been written,” Ward continued.

Source: The Chronicle of the Horse

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