Bicton: Rising Equestrian Star Zazie Gardeau Hospitalized After Fall in CCI3*-L EventIngrid
In a shocking turn of events, young European champion Zazie Gardeau was hospitalized after suffering a significant fall during the Bicton CCI 3*L cross-country event last weekend.
Gardeau, who relocated to the United Kingdom to train under New Zealand’s renowned equestrian, Andrew Nicholson, began this year with high expectations. The French Equestrian Federation (FEF) confirmed in a statement that Gardeau and her horse, Daïquiri, fell at obstacle number 7 during the cross-country course.
Gardeau received immediate medical attention and was airlifted to Plymouth Hospital. At the time of writing, Gardeau remains in intensive care in stable condition, surrounded by her family and loved ones, who have acknowledged the exemplary care provided by British medical teams in coordination with French doctors.
Regrettably, despite best veterinary efforts, Daïquiri could not be saved and had to be euthanized. This tragic incident has highlighted the inherent risks associated with equestrian sports and has left the equestrian community sending their prayers and support to Gardeau for a speedy recovery.
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