Austrian eventer dies in rotational fall

  • An Austrian event rider has died in a fall during a training session with her coach.

    Irene Dempsey, aged 30, was cross-country schooling with her instructor Harald Siegl at the Theresian Military Academy in Wiener Neustadt when she fell from her horse, Last Girl Standing on 21 September.

    They reportedly suffered a rotational fall and Mrs Dempsey broke her neck. The horse was uninjured.

    The pair had competed at the same venue just 10 days before, at the Austrian National CIC** championships (9-11 September).

    The Austrian Eventing Federation has set up a fund to support Mrs Dempsey’s seven-year-old daughter, whose father is also dead.

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