Horse rider dies following fall

Times Series: The death shocked the equestrian world The death shocked the equestrian world

A horse rider has died following a fall at an equestrian event in the south of England.

The Canadian national suffered fatal injuries at Nunney International Horse Trials in Somerset, officials confirmed.

The annual event attracts some of the most famous names in the world of horse riding - including royal Zara Phillips.

News of the death at Nunney particularly came as a shock to the equestrian world after the news a top German rider had died at an event near Hamburg only hours before.

A spokeswoman for Nunney International said: "We regretfully announce a Canadian rider has been killed as a result of a rotational fall during the cross-country section.

"Due to this serious incident, the remaining sections' trials have been cancelled for the day."

Around 800 horses are taking part at the event at Southfield House near Frome.

Horse riding fan Samantha Elton, 44, who went to the event as a spectator, said everyone at the event had been shocked by the tragedy.

She said: "There are risks which come with horse riding, but it is still nevertheless a big shock when a rider dies after falling from a horse.

"Only earlier on I had heard that (German rider) Benjamin Winter died following a fall at the Luhmuhlen. So, to be here and learn a Canadian rider has died…well it just sends shivers down your spine. Two deaths in the sport on the same day is pretty unheard of."

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10:44pm Sat 14 Jun 14

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"A horse rider has died following a fall at an equestrian event in the south of England."
"Only earlier on I had heard that (German rider) Benjamin Winter died following a fall at the Luhmuhlen. Two deaths in the sport on the same day is pretty unheard of."

Its dangerous, has always been dangerous.
More safety precautions need to be put in place!
How do I know, my cousin died falling off her horse during gymkhana yrs ago.
Her mother never got over it!
"A horse rider has died following a fall at an equestrian event in the south of England." "Only earlier on I had heard that (German rider) Benjamin Winter died following a fall at the Luhmuhlen. Two deaths in the sport on the same day is pretty unheard of." Its dangerous, has always been dangerous. More safety precautions need to be put in place! How do I know, my cousin died falling off her horse during gymkhana yrs ago. Her mother never got over it! displayed
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11:02pm Sat 14 Jun 14

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"In a rotational fall, the rider usually is thrown out of the saddle and goes over the jump before the horse. In a worst case scenario, the horse can land on the rider."
"Rotational falls occur when a horse hits an upright, solid fence between his knees and his chest. Horses that hit below the knees typically were able to scramble over the fence, but when a horse moving at speed hit a jump with his chest the rotational fall was inevitable."

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"Let us hope that the current focus on safety translates to the use of course building techniques that help build safer fences. It seems that the frangible pin is one such tool that could save the lives of both horses and riders."

Let us hope that no more lives will b needlessly lost thro the sheer folly of providing entertainment and spectacle to the equestrian set!
"In a rotational fall, the rider usually is thrown out of the saddle and goes over the jump before the horse. In a worst case scenario, the horse can land on the rider." "Rotational falls occur when a horse hits an upright, solid fence between his knees and his chest. Horses that hit below the knees typically were able to scramble over the fence, but when a horse moving at speed hit a jump with his chest the rotational fall was inevitable." http://www.horseandh ound.co.uk/news/fata l-rotational-fall-pr ompts-calls-for-reth ink-on-fence-design/ http://equineink.com /2008/07/18/what-is- a-rotational-fall-an d-how-can-they-be-pr evented/ "Let us hope that the current focus on safety translates to the use of course building techniques that help build safer fences. It seems that the frangible pin is one such tool that could save the lives of both horses and riders." Let us hope that no more lives will b needlessly lost thro the sheer folly of providing entertainment and spectacle to the equestrian set! displayed
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