Olympic medal-winning eventer Amy Tryon died in her sleep yesterday (12 April).

The American, who won a team gold medal from the World Games in Jerez in 2002, bronze in the team eventing at the 2004 Athens Games and also was on the US team for the 2008 Beijing Olympics, was just 42.

According to Eventingnation Amy, who lived in Duvall, Washington State, had most recently competed at the Galway Downs International Horse Trials (March 30 -1 April).

Amy trained as a firefighter but retired in 2006 in order to concentrate on riding.

The following year she caused headlines after her horse was injured at the Rolex Kentucky Horse Trials.

She is survived by her husband of 16 years, Greg Tryon.