December 2018 - Farewell Clarinius
Written by CRM
Thursday, 29 November 2018 23:18


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The show jumping community was stunned and heartbroken by the loss of Ali and Francie Nilforushan’s horse Clarinius on Saturday, Nov. 17 in Las Vegas. The 11-year-old Holsteiner gelding had just completed a lovely four-fault round in that night’s FEI Longines Jumping World Cup qualifier. Shortly after exiting the arena, he collapsed and died. Cardiac arrest was the suspected cause, awaiting a post mortem exam.

Francie Nilforushan & Clarinius. Photo: Kim F. Miller

In a Facebook farewell, Ali described Clarinius as a “star waiting for his people to come find him.” He was a difficult horse at the beginning, Ali continued. But bringing him along, then passing him onto his wife Francie, have been great joys for the San Diego-based horseman. Francie and Clarinius had solid World Cup rounds in this year’s West League classes and were a very promising pair.

California Riding Magazine sends its most sincere condolences to Clarinius’ family.