Pro horse rider, 36, dies after fatal fall during equestrian trials in Devon

Georgie Campbell died after a fall at a horse riding event
-Credit: (Image: Instagram)


A professional horse rider has tragically died following a severe fall at an equestrian event in Devon. Georgie Campbell, 26, and her horse, Global Quest, reportedly plunged into water whilst competing in the CCI4*-S on a cross-country course.

Medical professionals raced quick to the scene and Global Quest was uninjured but, sadly, nothing could be done to save the rider. Governing body British Eventing confirmed in a press release that the accident had claimed Georgie's life, reports the Mirror.

The announcement, released on Sunday in the hours after the tragedy, read: "It is with deepest regret that we announce that Georgie Campbell suffered a fatal accident whilst competing at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon, England, on Sunday, May 26.

"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."

Ms Campbell had been participating in the Bicton International Horse Trials, a four-day event taking place in Devon. She has lived in Kent with husband Jesse Campbell, a horse rider from New Zealand, after marrying in December 2020.

An initial statement released by the event organisers at 3.30pm revealed that Georgie and her horse, Global Quest, had suffered a fall. On-site medical professionals immediately attended to Georgie. The event was initially delayed for an hour due to the incident.

Georgie, 36, was competing in Devon
Georgie, 36, was competing in Devon -Credit:Instagram

The CCI4*-S, which was supposed to conclude with today's cross-country phase, was subsequently abandoned. A later statement confirmed the tragic news of Georgie Campbell's fatal fall.

Georgie was a top-level showing rider during her childhood before her eventing career took off in her native Kent. As a teenager, she was shortlisted for the British Junior Team and made her five-star debut in 2009. She represented Team GB on Nations Cup teams multiple times.

Global Quest, an 11-year-old horse, has competed alongside Georgie throughout his eventing career. The horse advanced to four-star level in 2022. That same year, the pair triumphed in the CCI4*-L at Lignieres in France.

Devon and Cornwall Police and South Western Ambulance Service have been contacted for comment.

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