A 33-year-old equestrian died Saturday after falling from her horse at the Jersey Fresh International Three-Day Event in New Jersey, organizers confirm.
Michigan resident Philippa Humphreys and her 13-year gelding Rich N Famous, fell at fence 16 on the CCI3* cross country course. Humphreys was transported to Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital where she was pronounced dead.
Rich N Famous was uninjured in the fall.
“All of us connected with the Jersey Fresh International are deeply saddened by today’s tragic news and we extend our condolences to Philippa’s husband, Peter, and to her entire family,” Chairman of the Jersey Fresh Three-Day Event Dan Wunderlich said.[irp]
A British citizen, Humphreys lived in Rockford and is survived by her husband and and six-month-old daughter Millie.
“This was a terrible accident resulting in the tragic loss of an experienced rider,” FEI Secretary General Sabrina Ibáñez said. “Philippa Humphreys was a cherished member of the eventing community and her death must not go unmarked.”
The New Jersey event was also marred by a horse’s serious fall leading to its euthanasia. Inoui Van Bost, ridden in the CCI2* by Skylar Decker, was injured during a fall at Fence 19. The horse was transported to New Jersey Equine Clinic in Millstone, NJ, where it was humanely euthanized.