Kent horse riding star, 36, dies after fall at competition

Georgie Campbell pictured competing with Cooley Earl at Badminton
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British equestrian Georgie Campbell, from Kent, has died after a fall at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon, British Eventing has announced.

Campbell (nee Strang), 36, who was competing on the fourth and final day of the event, was immediately attended to by medical staff but could not be saved.

A British Eventing statement read: "It is with deepest regret that we announce that Georgie Campbell (GBR) suffered a fatal accident whilst competing at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon, England on Sunday 26 May 2024."

"Medical professionals attended immediately following her fall at fence 5b, however, unfortunately, she could not be saved."

"The horse, Global Quest, was assessed by the on-site vets and walked back to the stable and is uninjured."

"To respect the family's privacy at this extremely difficult and sad time, no further details will be shared."

Campbell, 36, was two when she was first taught to ride by her mother Debbie, a former GB endurance rider, in her native Kent and was initially a top-level showing rider before turning to eventing.

Shortlisted for the British junior team in her teens, Campbell made her five-star debut in 2009 and quickly progressed, representing Great Britain numerous times on Nations Cup teams.

In 2010, with Master Monarch, Campbell won the prize for the highest-placed rider under 25 in the British Open at Gatcombe and made her four-star debut at Burghley.

She competed at Badminton, Burghley and Pau five-star events, but in an Equine America interview last year also cited winning the 4* Long in 2022 at Ligniers on Global Quest as a career highlight.

She most recently placed third with the same horse in the CCI3*-S class at Osberton.

Campbell wed fellow equestrian Jesse Campbell, a member of the New Zealand team for the Tokyo Olympics in 2021, in December 2020.

Together the pair joined personal and professional forces to create Team Campbell Eventing.

In a joint interview with her husband last summer, Campbell told Equine America that three top items on her bucket list were "win(ing) a 5*, (to) compete at an Olympic Games (and) go on safari".

Asked what she had wished she had learned earlier in her career, Campbell replied: "Not to compare yourself to others. Have faith in your own system and enjoy the little things every day."