Portuguese eventer Francisco Seabra died while competing at the Alegra Rancho Eventing Tour de Utrera in Sevilla, Spain earlier today (14 February 2015).
Francisco, 30, was riding 12-year-old Aferzysta in the CIC2* when they fell at the third element of a water obstacle at fence 10C. The rider was attended by a doctor and team of paramedics at the scene. Aferzysta was not injured.
Francisco made his senior championship debut at the Alltech FEI World Equestrian Games 2014 in Caen riding Zarthago (pictured top competing at Blenheim in 2012).
Aferzysta had previously been ridden by 18-year-old Bernardo Seabra at one-star level last season, including at the Junior Europeans at Bishop Burton, before Duarte Sebra took on the ride in the CCI2* at Weston Park.
President of the event’s ground jury Alain James said in an official statement on the Alegra Rancho Eventing Tour website: “On behalf of all the sports world, I would like to extend my heartfelt considerations to the family of Mr Francisco Seabra.”
The FEI has confirmed it will conduct an investigation into the accident.
The eventing world has taken to twitter to express their shock and grief at the news.