Polo player Carlos Gracida died after polo accident

26. Feb 14 | 12:58 | By | Category: English Polo News, INTERNATIONAL NEWS

26 Feb 2014

Polo great Carlos Gracida died late Tuesday night in the intensive care unit of Delray Medical Center after being involved in a polo accident earlier in the day. Gracida was 53.

The Hall of Famer and former 10-goal rated player, was playing for Santa Clara in the International Polo Club’s Freebooters Classic 14-goal Tournament at Everglades Polo Club.

Another player inadvertently hit Gracida’s horse in the head with a polo mallet. The horse, stunned, whipped his head around and hit Gracida’s head, knocking him unconscious. Gracida fell off and the horse rolled on top of him.

Gracida is said to have suffered bleeding and swelling on the brain and never regained consciousness.

Gracida, a Wellington resident, is a nine-time U.S. Open winner, five-time Argentine Open winner and five-time Player of the Year. He was one of the most respected players in polo and a product of the Gracida polo dynasty.

Source: dressage-news.com

 


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