Colic Takes Life of World Champion McEwen's 4* Ride

Tom McEwen and Strike Smartly Trot Up at Badminton 2018
Credit : Lulu Kyriacou

Thursday 10 January - 01h50 | Lulu Kyriacou

Colic Takes Life of World Champion McEwen's 4* Ride

Tom McEwen, a membr of Britain's 2018 World Championship winning team  has sadly lost his 4* ride Strike Smartly to colic.

 - Colic Takes Life of World Champion McEwen's 4* Ride

At Badminton
Credit : Kit Houghton

​The eleven year old was another potential team horse for McEwen  who made his senior championship debut a winning one riding Smart Strikely's stable mate Toledo de Kerser to a team gold and an individual twelveth place.  Just the week before travelling to Tryon,  he had ridden  Strike Smartly into second place in the CCI3* at Blair Castle in Scotland. In 2017, their firrt season together, the pair won a CIC3* at Chatsworth and then the CCI3* at Camphire in Ireland. Prior to this, the horse had been produced for owners Penny and Fred Barker, by Daisy Berkeley, who had finished her time aboard the Ghareeb sired gelding with a top ten finish in Blenheim's CIC3* class for eight and nine year olds.   

On social media, McEwen  said, "It is with extreme sadness to have to announce the passing away of “Strike Smartly” aka Paddy due to colic. It was a pre-existing condition that caused complications over the weekend.
The striking grey ridden by Daisy Berkeley and Tom McEwen who Won Chatsworth CIC3* and Camphire CCI3* in 2017. Last year at his first Badminton he scored three 10”s in his dressage and thoroughly enjoyed his cross country round. W...e are sure that he would have had a huge future in this amazing sport of eventing.

He will leave a deep hole in Team McEwen. However, he will be even more acutely missed by his owner Penny Barker who rode him regularly and followed his successes with a passion. He was one in a million, who would give his heart to everything he did, asking for nothing in return except his food!

Tom feels privileged to have been allowed to ride such an amazing horse and the team were honoured to have looked after Paddy who was the most genuine, kind & honest person, we think we will ever have or meet. We are all heart broken."

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