California Trainer Dies after Horse Spooks on Pavement

Head trauma

Members of the Escondido Mounted Posse are mourning the death of one of their riders who fell Saturday after the Lakeside Western Days Parade.

Fifty-two-year-old horse trainer Diana Cavender was returning her horse to the trailer when it spooked, causing her to fall and hit her head on the pavement.

Cavender, of Escondido, was pronounced dead hours later from a head injury at Sharp Memorial Hospital. She was not wearing a riding helmet.

Cavender had ridden in about 50 parades over six-years as a member of the posse. Her husband is also a member and tended to her after the fall. She is survived by her husband and 17 horses. Cavender’s horse was not injured in the fall.

A memorial is planned at the Escondido Mounted Posse’s regular monthly meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Mitchell Room at Escondido City Hall, 201 N. Broadway.