The eventing world is reeling from the news a rider was killed in a fall in the CIC1* at Somerford Park Horse Trials earlier today (Sunday 18 August).
Somerford Park abandoned the competition following the incident.
In a statement from British Eventing, BE Chief Executive Mike Etherington-Smith said: “We would ask that at this extremely sad time that people using social media respect the fact that the rider’s family may not be aware of the accident today.”
But the eventing world had already turned to twitter to express shock at the news and offer support to the rider’s family and friends.
— Esib Power (@powereventing) August 18, 2013
Absolutely devastated to hear the news from @somerfordpark . I just can’t believe it. Thoughts go out to all friends and family. Xxx
— Ginny Howe (@GinnyHoweEvent) August 18, 2013
Sad news from @somerfordpark …. Our thoughts are with family and friends at this time
— Zanie King (@zanie2009) August 18, 2013
Such sad news from Somerford – just awful. Thoughts are with family and friends
— Aoife Clark (@Aoifeclark) August 18, 2013
Devastating news about the rider killed at Somerford. My thoughts go out to everyone who knew him. Cruel sport!!!
— Georgie Spence (@georgiespence23) August 18, 2013
Horrific news from Somerford. Once again it’s a reminder of how precious this life is and how real the risks are in our wonderful sport.
— EmilyBaldwinEventing (@EBEventing) August 18, 2013
Devastating news from Somerford Park today…. Thoughts are with friends and family. Really puts life into perspective. #RIP
— Laura Collett (@CollettEventing) August 18, 2013
Horrendous news from @somerfordpark event. What a harsh reminder of how cruel this sport & life can be. My thoughts r with family & friends.
— Kitty King (@kittyeventing) August 18, 2013
Horrendous news from Somerford today,truely awful.Harsh reminder of what a dangerous sport we are part of.Thoughts are with his family #RIP
— Emily King (@emilykingg_) August 18, 2013
Tragic day for eventing worldwide.
— Bruce Haskell (@kiwieventer) August 18, 2013
British Eventing has confirmed that the rider will not be named today.