Andres Rodriguez competing in the Nations Cup Final 2015 in Barcelona. photo © Hippo Photo – Dirk Caremans/FEI
International show jumper Andres Rodriguez died hours after a fatal car crash claimed the life of his passenger early Monday morning in Florida. Alcohol was a factor in the single vehicle accident, according to officials.
Rodriguez, 31, originally of Venezuela, lost control of his Porsche Roadster around 3:30 a.m., according to the Palm Beach County Sheriff’s office. The car smashed into a concrete pillar inside the Palm Beach Polo and Country Club in Wellington.
Amateur equestrian Sophie Walker, 30, was pronounced dead at the scene. Walker’s husband Brian Walker operates Woodside Farm, a show jumping training and sales business that splits its time between Wellington and Lexington, Kentucky, according to the farm’s website.
The news of the equestrians’ deaths rocked the Wellington equestrian community. Many are seeking answers after the devastating tragedy.
Rodriguez was ranked 41st in the Longines Rankings as of November 2015. He won individual silver at the 2015 Pan American Games in Canada and qualified for the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio de Janeiro.
An unfortunate rail down with S.F. Ariantha in the CSI*** in Wellington. She jumped very well though. Thank you Samshield America & passioneq Parlanti USA.
Posted by Andres Rodriguez Official on Sunday, November 29, 2015
Rodriguez said in a 2015 interview that his goal was to medal at the 2016 Games, but his dream will never be realized.
A newlywed, Rodriguez married equestrian Clementine Goutal last month.
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