Hanley heartbroken after losing 'fighter' Antello Z
Published 02/01/2016 | 02:30
The new Irish showjumping year got off to a tragic start when Cameron Hanley's great horse, Antello Z, had to be put down yesterday after sustaining an injury while competing on the opening day of the Liverpool International Show.
The 13-year-old gelding was badly injured during the 1.45 Two-Phase class, and the German-based Claremorris man posted a heartbreaking message on his Facebook page afterwards.
"With unbelievable sadness I let you know that my partner Antello had to be put down today due to an injury sustained in the ring. He was such a fighter and he never quit,I had some of my best days in the ring with him, he brought me and those of us who were lucky enough to work with him so much happiness. He will always be in my heart,I loved him so much. R.I.P. my friend," Hanley wrote.
Hanley's career has been dogged with misfortune, including an horrific knee injury in 2011 that almost put paid to the rider's career for two years. He made a remarkable comeback when re-united with Antello in 2013, but last year lost the horse again when the gelding's Swiss owners, Eleonore Paschoud and Yves Bouvier, ended their partnership with him.
But Hanley had a deep devotion to the horse and, seven months ago, he renegotiated his return. Together the horse and rider recorded major victories at Wiesbaden, Donaueschingen and Stuttgart in Germany, at Calgary in Canada and at Millstreet in Cork,