An event rider has been killed in Germany after a fall during a novice competition in Neu-Wulmstorf near Hamburg.

Anke Wolf, 40, broke her neck when her six-year-old gelding, Donar, somersaulted at the last fence and fell on top of her. She received immediate emergency treatment but could not be revived.

Ms Wolf, who was married, was an experienced rider who had competed with Donar at the national championship for young event horses in Warendorf in 2006. She was also a riding instructor. The horse was unharmed.

The incident took place a week before the death of another German eventer, Tina Richter-Vietor, on the CIC** course at Schenefeld Horse Trials on 4 August (news, 9 August).