Tamra Smith of Murrieta, California, announced in conjunction with The West Coast Dempsey Syndicate LLC on her nextleveleventing.com website that the nine-year-old Dutch Gelding “Dempsey” was humanely euthanized June 12th due to unexpected post-operative complications while in recovery at the University of Montreal Veterinary Hospital.

The surgery, which took place Monday morning, was required to repair an ulna fracture sustained during cross-country competition at the Bromont CCI3* Event. Unfortunately, after a successful surgery and subsequent promising prognosis for a full recovery, Dempsey suffered complications while in recovery which would not have allowed him a proper quality of life.

“I am absolutely devastated,” said Smith. “Dempsey lived life to the fullest every day and I feel incredibly lucky to have ridden him. He was one of the most talented horses I have ever come across and from the first moment I jumped him I knew I had to have him, a reality made possible thanks to the incredible members of the West Coast Dempsey Syndicate LLC. Our barn will certainly never be the same without his sense of humor and zest for life, and we will miss him more than I can comprehend.”

Together, Dempsey and Smith had many notable achievements in their career since he began eventing in 2013. In 2016, the duo finished second at the Rebecca Farm CIC3* before heading overseas to complete the Blenheim CIC3* and Boekelo CCI3*. This season they added top 10 finishes at the Galway Downs CIC3* and most recently the Jersey Fresh CIC3*.