Germany-Dressage horse Rosi collapses at the award ceremony and dies

April 19, 2021

Team Olympic champion Dorothee Schneider mourns the loss of her championship horse Rose.

The 17-year-old mare collapsed at the Dressage Grand Prix in Pforzheim (Germany) during the award ceremony and died on the spot. The veterinarian who was called suspected in an initial diagnosis of an avulsion of the aorta.

Rosi and her dressage rider Schneider

The essentials in brief

-At a riding tournament in Germany, a mare dies in shock.
-Dorothee Schneider’s horse collapses at the award ceremony and dies.
-The mare Rosi was 17 years old.

Minutes later, only the death of Rosi can be determined by the veterinarians present. As German media report, the cause of death has already been diagnosed: an aortic tear, which caused internal bleeding.

And too disturbing for the former team Olympic champion from 2016: Schneider suffers a shock. She will be admitted to a local hospital after the events.
On Instagram, the German addresses her fans with emotional words.
«Rest in peace beloved Rosi. You are forever in our hearts », writes Dorothee Schneider.

And I mean...It is very likely that Rosi was ridden to death.
The horse belonged to the victorious one Schneider and she could organize any fucking circus with him.
This is usually the case with dressage horses nor is it the first time that a dressage horse dies in the same way.

Her emotional farewell to Rosi is ridiculous because the relationship between a dressage horse and its owner is that of a slave and its owner.
We cannot, therefore, speak of a real partnership, because when it comes to doing business with horses, all that counts is money and a career, not the animal. Horses in the racing business are being exploited to the last drop of their blood.

It’s just perverse to rush animals over obstacles and call it a sport.
We are very saddened by the terrible death of Rosi and we are not interested in the hypocritical Instagrams of her tormentor.

My best regards to all, Venus

4 thoughts on “Germany-Dressage horse Rosi collapses at the award ceremony and dies”

  1. @Venus, you take the words right out of my mouth. Dorothee Schneider is known to be one of the worst, in this rotten business of animal exploitation, they call sport. Claudia


    1. Re: Venus. You are sorely wrong. There are many of us that have bought horses off the race track, for example, that is a higher risk because of the stress that racing can be on the still developing bones of the horse but we managed to have a sound horse and conversely give it a decent life.
      Although it is true that horse naturally prefer to pull than carry weight, the lighter riding horse breeds carry the weight of a horse very well and the sport of horses should always handle and train horses in the most respectful, humane and without pain way possible. The top level dressage competitions have very strict rules and are policed by a Steward who is looking out for anything cruel or inhumane at all times. This is very much a part of the FEI rules and mandate and here in Canada, our CEF rules, too.


  2. Generalizations are not a good idea Venus and be constructive with your ctiticism!

    Although there may be a horse that could take this level of competition in dressage, perhaps there should be some thought into putting a cap onto the age of the horses competing at this level? Should this rider have been asking this much of a horse this age?

    Was it the money that motivated the rider to push the horse? Chances are there was more money with this horse, Rosi, being a mare, to have done as well as possible with the mare earlier on and then retire her for breeding, actually. Let alone the value of Rosi if she were still alive and not dead now.

    I wonder that in order for the horses to be at the FEI competitions, should they have to have some sort of veterinary check before the show that is quite extensive? I used to go to CEF (Canadian Equestrian Federation) shows and was not required to have some sort of ‘veterinary passport’ for my horse for example. Perhaps this may help.

    I am not that familliar with equine veterinary medicine now. Do vets do routine ECGs on horses? Could this be made a requirement? This tragedy may be completely unlucky or it may be a warning for other riders and trainers. The veterinarians know best.

    Venus do you really think riders are purposely pushing their horses to the point of killing them just to make money when the consequences can be so dangerous? There were 68 RIDERS killed over event jumps between 2007-2021.

    I have no vested interest and post this with beneficience and maleficence.


    1. Quote: “Venus Do you really believe that riders willfully push their horses to the point of killing them just to make money when the consequences can be so dangerous?
      Between 2007 and 2021, 68 DRIVERS were killed in event jumps” (end of quote).

      The dressage of the racehorses aims at the victory of the rider in the competition.
      Every means is used for this, regardless of the welfare of the animals.
      For this purpose, 3 torture tools are used with which horses are made docile:

      1. bridle: The bridle is the mouthpiece of the bridle that is strapped to the horse’s head and causes pain on the animal’s sensitive tongue, the corners of the mouth, the roof of the mouth and the jaw. In addition, the results of torture often lead to health problems. A study by the University of Veterinary Medicine in Hanover has shown that bits can be a permanent source of pain

      2. Riding whip: In equestrian sports it is usually said that whips and whips are used to “communicate with the horse” – an outrageous description of a stick that was made to hit, drive, frighten and frighten animals.

      3. Spurs: Spurs are pieces of metal with a spike or wheel that the rider attaches to his boots. This is used to stab the horse’s extremely sensitive belly skin in order, among other things, to drive it faster.
      The veterinarians in the horse racing business are involved; if someone complains about the health hazards of the animals, they will be exchanged.
      Otherwise the business might not work at all.

      And now to your question: The profession of rider in the horse business is very risky. The same goes for the trainers in the circus.
      Both professional groups train animals with violence and often to death for as long as possible.
      Sometimes, however, everything works differently, and “the shot goes backwards”, that means not only the victims die, but also their tormentors.
      Be it by a tiger attacking the circus trainer, or by a false jump of the horse over the obstacle.

      Horses are not there to carry something, or to jump, or to put up with “animal-loving” hobby riders on their backs.
      Incidentally, this also applies to all other animals.
      No matter if you like it or not.


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