Axis TSF, top horse of Finnish dressage rider Terhi Stegars, died on November 3rd from an aortic rupture. According to eurodressage.com, the Trakehner stallion by Sixtus/Angard collapsed under his rider during a light morning training session. The veterinarian who was in the stable at the same time could only diagnose his death. The rider sustained some injuries and consulted a doctor and in the meantime, she underwent surgery on her shoulder, which was fractured. Stegars told eurodressage.com that she was devastated to have lost her best friend, her hero. Stegars already rode the stallioin who was licensed in 2011 when he was only three years old, but one year later he was transferred to Neustadt/Dosse and then to his owners in Great Britain. In 2005, the horse came back to Stegars and in 2009 they made the jump to Grand Prix level. In 2011, Stegars bought the horse and in 2013 she sold half of it to her employer, Tanja Kayser.
The pair was successful in the international sport, participated at the 2011 and 2015 European Championships and the World Cup Finals in 2013, 2015, and 2016. One year ago they had their last public performance in Lyon. In 2015, Axis TSF was announced Trakehner Stallion of the Year.