British equestrian rider Georgie Campbell dies competing at event in Devon

Georgie Campbell in July 2018/British equestrian rider dies competing at event in Devon

Georgie Campbell in July 2018 – Elli Birch/Alamy

Georgie Campbell, a British event rider, has died aged 37 after falling from her horse at the Bicton International Horse Trials in Devon.

She had competed in more than 200 events, including five-star events Badminton and Burghley, winning on six occasions.

Campbell – who was married to fellow event rider Jesse Campbell, who competes for New Zealand – suffered fatal injuries in the fall on Sunday.

Governing body British Eventing said in a statement: “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.”

South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust said it was called to Budleigh Salterton at 3.05pm on Sunday. An air ambulance, double-crewed land ambulance, operations officer and hazardous area response team were sent.

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.

In an Equine America interview last year, she cited winning the 4* Long in 2022 at Ligniers on Global Quest as a career highlight.

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

Together the pair joined personal and professional forces to create Team Campbell Eventing. The Bicton International Horse Trials is a four-day event taking place from Thursday to Sunday.

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