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Anky van Grunsven’s Bonfire died at age 30.

Bonfire and Anky Van Grunsven 

Anky van Grunsven’s Sydney gold medal-winning horse Bonfire has  been put to sleep at the age of 30.

Anky announced the news on Twitter and simply said: “My heart is  broken. Bonfire is dead”.

Bonfire suffered from Cushing’s disease and was  euthanased yesterday (28 October)

A statement on Anky’s website explained: ”He already had problems with  his adrenal glands for a while and in the last weeks he also had inflamed  hooves.

“On Sunday it became so bad that we had to decide to put him to  sleep.”

The Oldenburg gelding by Welt As had an international career  spanning 9 years.

The combination helped the Dutch team secure silver at the 1992  Olympics and then went on to take team silver and individual  silver at the 1996 Olympics.

Bonfire and Anky then won individual gold at the 2000  Olympics in Sydney.

Alongside their Olympic achievements they were also four times World Cup  champions and took part in the World Equestrian Games twice — winning it  once at the Hague in 1994

Read more at http://www.horseandhound.co.uk/news/olympic-superstar-bonfire-put-to-sleep/#2WjCvKydUef724VY.99

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