Don't miss these edge-of-your seat, hair-raising moments from across the disciplines that caught us (and those pictured) by surprise this year...

07.02.2015, Newbury, GB, Jockey Barry Geraghty falls from Uxizandre during the Game Spirit Chase. Photo FRANK SORGE/Racingfotos.com THIS IMAGE IS SOURCED FROM AND MUST BE BYLINED "RACINGFOTOS.COM"

Barry Geraghty adopts an unorthdox position aboard Uxizandre at Newbury. Credit: racingfotos.com

 

thrills and spills 2015 Out of hundreds of snaps sent in from hunts across the UK and Ireland, Ella Meadows’ picture of Sam Matthews’ spectacular fall was judged to be the top tumble of the 2014-15 season and they both win a magnum of Champagne and a crystal tankard.

Taunton Vale amateur whip Sam Matthews earns top tumble of the season with this spectacular and gymnastic effort

 

Michael Jung (GER) riding FISCHERROCANA FST, during the Cross Country phase of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials near Stamford in Lincolnshire, UK, on 5th September 2015

An infrequent sight: an unscheduled dismount for Michael Jung as he and FischerRocana FST take too close a look at Burghley’s lake

 

Michael Jung (GER) riding LA BIOSTHETIQUE - SAM FBW, during the 1st Vet check of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials near Stamford in Lincolnshire, UK, on 2nd September 2015

Michael Jung suffers a wardrobe malfunction at Burghley Horse Trials with La Biosthetique-Sam FBW

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The winning Dutch team on their lap of honour ; Jeroen DUBBELDAM (NED) riding SFN Zenith N.O.P., Maikel VAN DER VLEUTEN (NED) riding VDL Groep Verdi Tn N.O.P., Jur VRIELING (NED) riding VDL Zirocco Blue N.O.P. and Gerco SCHRÖDER (NED) riding Glock's Cognac Champblanc at the European Team Jumping competition at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany on 21 August 2015 thrills and spills

‘Yippee, we won!’ — Maikel van der Vleuten’s VDL Groep Verdi TN NOP enjoys the moment as the Dutch showjumping team celebrate gold

 

Katey Cuthbertson riding IMBROGLIO having a rest at the over hanging log in the CIC ** during the Barbury International Horse Trials at Sharpridge Farm, Rockley, near Marlborough in Wiltshire, UK on 11 July 2015

‘I reckon we should try an alternative approach here, Mum’ — Katey Cuthbertson’s Imbroglio considers the options at Barbury CIC2*

 

Gina Ruck riding REHY TOO, during the Cross Country falls falling thrills and spills of The Land Rover Burghley Horse Trials near Stamford in Lincolnshire, UK, on 5th September 2015

Making a splash: Gina Ruck and Rehy Too suffer a dunking at Burghley

 

LE BEAU Ellen WHITAKER thrills and spills fall falling

Poised for landing, if on the wrong set of feet: Ellen Whitaker and Le Beau at Hickstead

 

MIDNIGHT WISPA CAROLINE HARRIS fall thrills and spills

Neat, but not right: hometime for Midnight Wispa and Caroline Harris

 

UNEX BILLY DREAM - Pieter CLEMENS thrills and spills fall refuse

Unex Billy Dream puts the brakes on, leaving Pieter Clemens hanging

 

DAVID MCPHERSON AND GLORIA VAN ZUUTHOEVE thrills and spills fall falling

Those pristine breeches aren’t staying like that: David McPherson bids adieu to Gloria Van Zuuthoeve at the Hickstead Derby Meeting

 

90 fall thrills and spills

Not as planned: Andrew Hoy and Rutherglen provide not quite the drama they would have hoped for the crowd at Badminton

 

Jess Hawkins and Franklyns Ranger falling off

Back to front: a surprising moment for Jess Hawkins and Franklyns Ranger in the Pony Club Championships open showjumping

 

South Durham Hunt 17 01 2015 FALL THRILLS AND SPILLS


Why does there have to be a photographer around when that happens? A member of the South Durham field attempts to hang on to the reins — and their dignity

 

Ben MAHER (GBR) riding Diva II during the Second Qualifying Competition for the European Team Jumping competition at the FEI European Championships in Aachen, Germany on 20 August 2015 thrills and spills crash fence

Ben Maher velcros himself to Diva II as she gets a bit overambitious

 

Tim Lips (NED) riding Concrex Bayro during the Cross Country phase of the CICO *** at Aachen, Germany on 13 August 2015 thrills and spills

Call this a jump? Tim Lips and Concrex Bayro take a sideways approach to a skinny at Aachen, Germany, in August thrills and spills

 

Wincanton 01.04.2015 The John Dufosee Memorial Open Hunters' Steeple Chase. Merrion Square and Jockey:Mr L Ferguson take a crashing fall through the last fence. PIC: Matthew Webb Racinfotos.com THIS IMAGE IS SOURCED FROM AND MUST BE BYLINED "RACINGFOTOS.COM"

Gravity is about to get the better of Lewis Ferguson after he parts company with Merrion Square and somersaults over the last at Wincanton