The eventing world is in a state of shock following the death of Germany’s Benjamin Winter at Luhmühlen Horse Trials earlier today.
Benjamin was on his 2nd ride in the CCI4*, Ispo, (pictured above competing at Houghton International in 2013) when they suffered a rotational fall at fence number 20, a table. The 10-year-old gelding was not injured.
The German rider had already completed the course clear inside the time on his first ride, Wild Thing Z.
The event released the following statement: “It is with the deepest regret and sadness that we announce that Benjamin Winter (GER) suffered a fatal accident while competing at the CCI4* in Luhmühlen.
“On behalf of the whole sport, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Benjamin’s family.
“At every FEI event, the maximum consideration is given to the safety and welfare of horses and competitors. The causes of this accident will be further investigated by all parties.”
Earlier in the day Tom Crisp’s ride, Liberal, collapsed and died after fence 7. It is thought he suffered an aortic rupture. Tom was not hurt in the fall and described the horse as “a great friend”.
In a devastating day for the sport, competition at Nunney International Horse Trials in Somerset was cancelled following an incident on the cross-country. More to follow.
Full report on the cross-country action from Luhmühlen to come.