The equestrian world is in mourning today after a gold medal winning show jumper was killed on Wednesday after the horse she was riding fell on her during a show in New York’s Hudson Valley.
Daily Freeman reported that Rebecca ‘Becca’ Weissbard, 22, from Manorville, Long Island, died at the scene at Horse Shows in The Sun in Saugerties. According to Daily Mail, Weissbard was on her second run through a 10-hurdle course when her horse struck a cross pole on the first hurdle around 1pm. The equestrian was thrown from her horse, which then crushed her.
Police say she died of blunt forced trauma, and paramedics were unable to revive her. The video above this story shows Weissbard win the first round of the show just an hour before her death.
Rate My Horse Pro reported that Weissbard was aboard a gelding named Remember Me when she was killed. The condition of the horse has not yet been released.
“It is with great sadness that HITS informs the equestrian community of an accident involving a talented young athlete,” HITS spokesman Emily Glass said in a statement. “… HITS extends its deepest sympathy to the athlete’s family and to the entire horse sport community who feels the impact of this significant loss.”
During her career, Weissbard won a gold medal at the 2013 Maccabiah Games in Israel, and helped her U.S. show jumping team win a silver medal.
Please keep your thoughts and prayers with Weissbard’s family during this difficult time.