A divine result
Horse & Hound|September 23, 2021
A horse recovers from a mystery infection to win, while other top para combinations strut their stuff

FOR Equissage Pulse grade II winner Julie Payne, just reaching the championships with Divinity was an achievement in itself, being just weeks after the Don Frederico eight-year-old almost died from a mystery bacterial infection.

“I found him in his stable flat out on the floor – I thought he was dead,” explained Julie. “He didn’t move when I took his temperature, which was 42°C. We got him to the vets and they initially thought it was peritonitis. He was there a week, came home and then had to be rushed back for more IV antibiotics as he relapsed.”

Thankfully, Divinity recovered in time to make it to the nationals, scoring 67.01% to triumph.

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