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Professional British horse rider dies after suffering fall at major event

A British professional horse rider has died after suffering a fatal fall during an equestrian event in Devon.

Georgie Campbell and her horse Global Quest reportedly fell at the log into water while competing in the CCI4*-S on the Devon cross-country course.

Medical professionals rushed to the scene immediately, however, she could not be saved.

Governing body British Eventing confirmed in a statement that the 36-year-old had died as a result of the fall. The statement, released on Sunday, said: “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.”

Georgie had been competing at The Bicton International Horse Trials, a four-day event held from Thursday to Sunday in Devon.

The event rider married New Zealand horse rider Jesse Campbell in December 2020, and the couple resided in Kent.

An initial statement released by the event at 3.30pm told how Georgie and the horse, Global Quest, had suffered a fall and that Georgie was attended to immediately by on-site medical professionals.

It added there would be a one hour delay to the event. The CCI4*-S, which was set to finish with today’s cross-country phase, was abandoned as a result, and a further statement was released confirming that Georgie Campbell had suffered a fatal fall.

Georgie spent her childhood excelling as a top-level showing rider before her eventing career began to flourish in her home county of Kent.

In her teenage years, she was short-listed for the British Junior Team and made her five-star debut in 2009. She subsequently represented Team GB multiple times in Nations Cup competitions.

Global Quest, an 11-year-old horse, has been Georgie’s partner throughout his eventing career, advancing to four-star level in 2022.

That same year, the pair won the CCI4*-L at Lignières in France.