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Rider dies in accident at horse trials

A rider has died in an accident at a horse trials event, British Eventing said.

The Somerford Park horse trials, held in Congleton, Cheshire, were abandoned after the incident.

A rider suffered a fatal injury at Somerford Park International Horse Trials today (Sunday 18th August 2013). No further information will be released until the next of kin have been informed.

– Somerford Park statement

Zara Phillips retires from Badminton Horse Trials

Zara Phillip retired from competing at the Badminton Horse Trials after making a mistake on the cross-country course.

Zara Phillips on High Kingdom completely misses the second of two brush jumps while taking part in the cross-country.
Zara Phillips on High Kingdom completely misses the second of two brush jumps while taking part in the cross-country. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

After a good start during yesterday's dressage stage, Phillips - who was riding High Kingdom - missed the second of two brush jumps in the Lake and pulled up.

It means she can no longer take part in tomorrow's show jumping stage.

For more on the Badminton Horse Trial visit the ITV News West Country (E) website.

Zara Phillips closing in on leaders at horse trials

Zara Phillips put herself firmly in contention at the Mitsubishi Motors Badminton Horse Trials today with a quality dressage performance on her London 2012 horse High Kingdom.

Phillips, the Queen's granddaughter, posted a dressage score of 44.3 penalties that kept her firmly in touch with the leading group midway day two.

Zara Phillips on her horse High Kingdom. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire
The crowds applaud Zara Phillips after finishing the dressage on her horse High Kingdom. Credit: Ben Birchall/PA Wire

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