Willinga Park mourns Theodore
The Willinga Park team is mourning the loss of WillingaPark Theodore, an Australian Olympic hopeful for Tokyo 2020.
The 12-year-old KWPN gelding became ill in mid-June, and after three weeks of intense treatment at the Sydney University Equine Hospital, he passed away. Post-mortem results revealed a cancerous tumour near his right kidney.
“We are devastated by the loss of this beautiful horse,” said Terry Snow of Willinga Park. “It’s a great shame that Australia will never again get the opportunity to watch Theodore compete. We will remember him always.”
Mr Snow bought Theodore on a trip to Europe in 2018 after being impressed with his high-quality breeding, outstanding performance and beautiful temperament. Theodore came to Australia in December to begin a partnership with recognised dressage rider Brett Parbery and attend the nominated selection events for the Australian Olympic Team selection for Tokyo 2020.
Theodore was by Tuschinski x Prencis (Kennedy).
“WillingaPark Theodore will be sadly missed,” said Mr Snow.
About Willinga Park
Willinga Park is a world-class equestrian centre set on 41 Hectares of the NSW South Coast.
Combining stunning architecture, sculptures, and a native botanical garden, it houses the latest in equine technology, has been home to numerous equine sporting events, and has been used as a film set and for photo shoots. Its facilities include luxury stables, commercial cattle stud facilities and extensive facilities for the agistment and training of horses. Willinga Park also has Hereford cattle with some of the best breeding in the country.
Each year, Willinga Park hosts several community-wide events and premier equine sporting competitions across dressage, showjumping and campdrafting. Willinga Park fully supports Australia’s athletes across equestrian disciplines and aims to fully support future Australian Olympians.