Big Ben, Canada's most famous show jumping horse, died early Friday 10th December 1999 from colic. He was 23. Big Ben, ridden for over a decade by Ian Millar of Perth, came down with colic around 6 p.m. EST on Friday.
Olympic silver team medallist, Coby van Baalen, has to put riding on hold for a while. Due to a bad spill off one of her horses, Van Baalen got a light concussion and small injuries to her arm, shoulder and cheek.
Irish Olympic dressage rider Heike Holstein has ended her six-year sponsorship contract with the Ballaseyr Stables. In consequence she loses two top mounts, Ballaseyr Royale, with whom she competed in Sydney, and Ballaseyr Legend, her 1998 World Equestrian Games mount.
German Grand Prix dressage rider Jurgen Wirths says farewell to competitions. The 48-year-old former German Male Dressage Champion is a leading director of women's hygiene pad company in Berlin and rode in his leisure time.
Klaus Balkenol, official coach of the German Dressage Team, has announced to end his function as German team coach in January 2001. In 1996, Balkenhol chose to quit his competition career and devote himself training the "Bundesteam".