Eventing horse Box Qutie was euthanized today following an injury on Saturday’s cross country course at the FEI World Equestrian Games™ in Tryon, NC.

Ridden by Sweden’s Anna Freskgård, the 12-year-old mare pulled up lame after completing the cross country phase and was transferred by horse ambulance to Tryon Equine Hospital where she was diagnosed with soft tissue injuries. Though initially responding to treatment, the mare’s condition worsened on Tuesday due to circulatory complications. The horse’s owner, Therese Örup, elected for euthanasia today.

Freskgård released the following statement on Instagram:

“Heaven has got the greatest of greatest angels. I’m so sad, you were my everything, my whole world has stopped… R.I.P Box Qutie THANK YOU FOR EVERYTHING. Box Qutie was diagnosed with a soft tissue injury after the xc. She was improving, but despite receiving the best veterinary care, her condition worsened yesterday due to circulatory complications with a thrombus in her leg” There was nothing more the vet could do…”


Box Qutie made her international debut with Freskgård in 2013. In five years, they recorded 34 FEI starts, including a win at the CIC3* in Strzegom (POL) in April 2018, and competed as an individual for Sweden at the FEI European Eventing Championships 2017 in Strzegom.

A post mortem exam will be conducted, in accordance with FEI Veterinary Regulations.