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Rider dies at Somerford Park Horse trials

Posted on 19th Aug 2013 @ 5:09 PM

Equestrian Sports announced with great regret that a New Zealand eventing rider has suffered a fatal injury at the Somerford Park International Horse Trials in Cheshire, UK on Sunday 18 August 2013. Injuries were sustained during a fall on the cross country course of the 1 star event. A further statement will be made once next of kin have been fully informed.

Jim Ellis, ESNZ Chief Executive, states “This is a tragic day for our sport and thoughts of everyone in the NZ equestrian community are with the rider’s family at this terrible time. ESNZ would ask that the media and those using social media do not publish further details until the rider’s family have been fully informed and a subsequent statement has been made.”


Ed:  More than 200 people a year are killed or fatally injured in the UK, from accidents with horses. That is about the same number as the total death toll, from ALL accidents at Work, in Britain. 
Multiply this by six and you have the mean total UK death toll for all recreational activity. 

About 4500 others die from accidents in the home. Sobering, perhaps but apparently the inevitable price of the freedom to engage in unregulated activity. 
The incidence of accidental death amongst recreational divers, for example, is around twenty times that of commercial divers.