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New Zealand horse rider dies in England event

August 19, 2013

CONGLETON, England (AP) — British Eventing said that 26-year-old New Zealand rider Tom Gadsby was killed in a fall at the Somerford Park International Horse Trials in England on Sunday.

Gadsby was competing in the cross-country section of the three-day endurance event when his mount fell while jumping a fence.

“Our thoughts and prayers are with Tom’s family and close friends at this very sad time,” said BE chief executive Mike Etherington-Smith. “The world of eventing is a closely knit community and everyone will be shocked and deeply saddened.”

Gadsby was riding a seven-year-old gelding that was not injured during the incident.

“Tom was a talented show jumper and eventer who was in Europe to fulfill his dream of competing as a professional event rider — a dream he achieved but which has been tragically cut short,” said Equestrain Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis.

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