Professional horse rider dies in fall during international tournament in Devon

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A professional horse rider has died while competing at an equestrian event in Devon.

Georgie Campbell, 36, from Tunbridge Wells in Kent, was attended to by medical staff after falling at a fence, but could not be saved.

Governing body British Eventing said in a statement on Sunday 26 May: “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.”

The Bicton International Horse Trials is a four-day event taking place from Thursday 23 May to Sunday 26 May.

Campbell was initially a top-level showing rider before turning to eventing.

She represented Great Britain numerous times on Nations Cup teams and appeared at several five-star events, the highest recognised level of eventing.

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

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