Home » Horse riding world is stunned by British rider Georgie Campbell’s death at 37 after falling in a cross-country race, as friends pay tribute to ‘mentor, queen and supportive wife’

Horse riding world is stunned by British rider Georgie Campbell’s death at 37 after falling in a cross-country race, as friends pay tribute to ‘mentor, queen and supportive wife’

The horse riding world has paid tribute to Georgie Campbell after the British rider tragically died following a fall at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon on Sunday.

Campbell and Global Quest were competing in the CCI4*-S event when the accident took place on the cross-country course. They fell at a log into the water at fence 5b, known as the Symonds & Sampson Splash. 

Medical professionals had immediately attended the scene, but Campbell tragically passed away. 

A statement issued to Mail Sport by Devon and Cornwall Police read: ‘Police were called to reports about the death of a horse rider at Bicton Arena, East Budeigh, at around 3.50pm on Sunday 26 May.

‘The woman was in her 30s and from Kent.

The horse riding world has paid tribute to Georgie Campbell (left, with partner Jesse) after she tragically died following a fall at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon on Sunday 

Campbell had suffered a fall while competing with Global Quest at the Bicton Horse Trials

Campbell had suffered a fall while competing with Global Quest at the Bicton Horse Trials 

Campbell and Global Quest were riding in the CCI4*-S event when the accident took place

Campbell and Global Quest were riding in the CCI4*-S event when the accident took place

‘The death is not being treated as suspicious and a file will be prepared for the coroner.’

After the devastating news was announced, several figures from the sport and many friends paid tribute to Campbell. 

One individual shared a heartfelt tribute that said: ‘We all miss you so much angel. #restinpeace #sosorryforyourloss #loveyourself #rideforgeorgie. I’m so sorry for the Campbell’s loss.’

Another added: ‘We all know the risks we take getting on a horse but when something like this happens it still shocks us all. Can happen to the best of us. RIP @mrsgeorgiecampbell. Thoughts and prayers go out to all connections as this devastating time.’

Further figures from the horse riding world also shared heartfelt messages in honour of the 37-year-old, including one which said: ‘@mrsgeorgiecampbell you were my mentor my friend my coach the one who kicked me up the a**e to get my act together and ride.

‘It’s with great sadness that I had the dreaded phone call that you where taken from us way to soon may your legacy live on.’

A further heartbroken individual posted a photo of Campbell accompanied by the message: ‘Devastated to hear that Georgie Campbell passed today in a tragic riding accident.

‘Rest in peace Georgie, you were an inspiration to many riders.’ 

Other fans of Campbell took time to pay their respects as one touching tribute said: ‘RIP Georgie. You will be greatly missed in the eventing and equestrian world and I’m sending lots of love to your family and friends and horses.’

In 2020, Georgie married Jesse Campbell, who had represented New Zealand at the Olympics

In 2020, Georgie married Jesse Campbell, who had represented New Zealand at the Olympics

Jesse accompanied his post of their wedding day in 2020 with the caption: 'I got to marry the girl of my dreams'

Jesse accompanied his post of their wedding day in 2020 with the caption: ‘I got to marry the girl of my dreams’

Several individuals from across the horse riding world paid tribute to Campbell after her death

Several individuals from across the horse riding world paid tribute to Campbell after her death

Meanwhile, some took time to comment on Campbell’s most recent Instagram post, which came 14 weeks ago.

‘Rest Easy Georgie – you’ll be greatly missed,’ read one supportive post, while another said: ‘Rip Georgie you were an incredible women and rider my love Xx my thoughts are with your family and friends.’

Another heartwarming tribute said: ‘RIP Georgie, a remarkable rider with so much passion for the sport. She will be missed.’

Others joined in to express their condolences which highlighted how well-regarded and popular Campbell was.

A further post said: ‘Rip Georgie. You are loved by so many, you’ll be missed,’ as an extra post read: ‘Rest easy Georgie – greatly missed by a massive community. Forever in all our hearts.’ 

During her career, Campbell competed in more than 200 events, winning on six occasions, including five-star events Badminton and Burghley. In 2020, she married event rider Jesse Campbell, who had previously represented New Zealand at the Tokyo Olympics

While Jesse has not yet issued a public statement following the death of his wife, the Olympian previously paid tribute to their bond upon his selection to the New Zealand Olympic team in 2021. 

‘The list of people who have helped and supported me to get to this stage is endless but I would especially like to mention the following,’ Jesse captioned an Instagram post at the time. 

Several other supportive posts hailed the impact the much-loved rider had on the riding world

Several other supportive posts hailed the impact the much-loved rider had on the riding world

Jesse (right) had previously hailed Georgie, who was just 37-years-old, as a 'supportive wife'

Jesse (right) had previously hailed Georgie, who was just 37-years-old, as a ‘supportive wife’

‘My beautiful wife, Georgie, who is constantly by my side, supporting me at every turn. She helps pick me up when I’m grumpy but also quickly puts me back in my box when I get ahead of myself.’

A statement from Bicton International Horse Trials on Sunday had 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.’

The Bicton Horse Trials took place at the Bicton Arena in Devon between Thursday, May 23 and Sunday, May 26. 

A statement was released earlier on Sunday announcing that Campbell and Global Quest had fallen on the course and that there would be a delay of approximately one hour. 

The CCI4*-S event was subsequently abandoned following the news that Campbell had suffered a fatal fall. 

Campbell, who originally hails from Kent, was shortlisted for the British Junior Team before going on to make her five-star debut in 2009. She had also made several Nations Cup appearances with Team GB. 

During her career, Campbell competed in more than 200 events, winning on six occasions

During her career, Campbell competed in more than 200 events, winning on six occasions 

Campbell, who originally hails from Kent and was taught to ride by her mum at the age of two, was shortlisted for the British Junior Team before going on to make her five-star debut in 2009

Campbell, who originally hails from Kent and was taught to ride by her mum at the age of two, was shortlisted for the British Junior Team before going on to make her five-star debut in 2009

Campbell (right) had also made several Nations Cup appearances with Team GB in her career

Campbell (right) had also made several Nations Cup appearances with Team GB in her career

She was only two-years-old when she was taught to ride by her mother Debbie, a former GB endurance rider, in Kent.

Earlier in May, Campbell and Global Quest had finished third in the CCI3*-S at Osberton International Horse Trials. 

Global Quest is an 11-year-old horse who has competed with Campbell for several years. The horse had moved to four-star level in 2022, with the pair winning the CCI4*-L at Lignieres in France the same year. 

Georgie had competed at five-star on other horses, completing both Badminton Horse Trials and Burghley Horse Trials.