Horse rider dies following fall

A horse rider has died following a fall at an equestrian event in the south of England.

The death shocked the equestrian world
The death shocked the equestrian world

The Canadian national suffered fatal injuries at Nunney International Horse Trials in Somerset, officials confirmed.

The annual event attracts some of the most famous names in the world of horse riding - including royal Zara Phillips.

News of the death at Nunney particularly came as a shock to the equestrian world after the news a top German rider had died at an event near Hamburg only hours before.

A spokeswoman for Nunney International said: "We regretfully announce a Canadian rider has been killed as a result of a rotational fall during the cross-country section.

"Due to this serious incident, the remaining sections' trials have been cancelled for the day."

Around 800 horses are taking part at the event at Southfield House near Frome.

Horse riding fan Samantha Elton, 44, who went to the event as a spectator, said everyone at the event had been shocked by the tragedy.

She 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 (German rider) 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."