Champion horse dies after winning event at Royal

KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — American Royal officials say a horse collapsed and died moments after winning a competition in Kansas City.

American Royal officials say the horse, CH The Attache Orchid, collapsed and died Thursday after taking a victory lap for winning the Three-Gaited Pony Class.

The competition’s horse show veterinarian says the horse suffered a ruptured aorta.

Royal officials say the mare, which was about 16 years old, belonged to Steven Chancellor of Evansville, Ind. It had been shown Thursday by his 17-year-old daughter, Hunter. She was not hurt.

The horse’s remains will be transported to Indiana for burial on the family’s farm.

The horse was a seven-time winner at the American Royal-United Professional Horsemen’s Association National Championship show in Kansas City.