Mike Winter’s Olympic partner, Kingpin, died Saturday after a fall on the cross-country course at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event.

Event organizers released the following statement:

“It is with great sadness that we announce that Kingpin, ridden by Mike Winter and owned by the rider and Kingpin Syndicate, died while competing at the Rolex Kentucky Three-Day Event on April 25, 2009. Kingpin, a 13-year old Irish Sport Horse, fell while negotiating Fence 10 and died at the scene.

“The rider was evaluated by medical personnel on site and sent to Georgetown Community Hospital for further evaluation.

“Veterinary and medical personnel were in attendance at the time of the fall. The cause of the horse’s death will be announced when determined after a necropsy.”