An American showjumper has died following a fall at the Winter Equestrian Festival in Florida.

Anne Heyman, from New Jersey, died on Friday (31 January) after a fall in the Masters Jumpers.

She was immediately attended to by paramedics at the Palm Beach International Equestrian Centre and taken by air ambulance to the Delray Medical Centre, where she later died.

Anne was 52 and a former New York City assistant district attorney. She also founded a youth village in Africa for victims of the 1994 Rwandan genocide.

A statement from Ri-Arm Farm in New Jersey, where Anne rode, read: “Anne Heyman was so many wonderful things. She was a mother, wife, daughter, friend, philanthropist and fellow equestrian.

“Anne’s loss is being mourned by her many families across the globe —her family and friends in New York, her equestrian family at Ri-Arm Farm here in Florida and in New Jersey, and her family in Africa.”