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  • 16 June 2014, 5:29

Top Horse Rider Killed At Equestrian Event

An equestrian rider who died after falling from his horse during an event in Somerset has been named as Canadian Jordan McDonald.

The 30-year-old, who was based in Leicestershire, could not be revived after falling at the Nunney International Horse Trials on Saturday.

The organisers said: "We regretfully announce a Canadian rider has been killed as a result of a rotational fall during the cross-country section.

"The organising committee of Nunney International extend their sincere condolences to the family of Jordan at this very difficult time."

The horse, Only Me, was not injured.

Those competing in the event, which was suspended for the day, include the Queen's granddaughter Zara Phillips.

McDonald's death came on the same day fellow rider Benjamin Winter was killed during Germany's major four-star event at Luhmuhlen.

Reigning Badminton Horse Trials champion Sam Griffiths tweeted his shock.

"Unbelievably sad day for our sport," he wrote. "Our thoughts are with the families and friends involved. Life is so precious."

A minute's silence was observed as riding resumed in Somerset today.

Horse riding fan Samantha Elton, 44, who went to the event as a spectator, said: "There are risks which come with horse riding, but it is still nevertheless a big shock when a rider dies after falling from a horse.

"Only earlier on I had heard that Benjamin Winter died following a fall at the Luhmuhlen. So, to be here and learn a Canadian rider has died... Well, it just sends shivers down your spine.

"Two deaths in the sport on the same day is pretty unheard of."

McDonald was married to fellow eventer Shandiss McDonald.

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