Tom Gadsby, 26, died Sunday afternoon during horse trials at Somerford Park in Cheshire, Horse & Country reported. Gadsby was a professional in eventing, which combines dressage, show jumping and cross-country riding.
Gadsby fell at a fence. His horse was not hurt.
The rest of the trials were canceled.
After competing as a show jumper for several years, Gadsby turned to eventing. He was living in England, competing on horses owned by Tiny Clapham, a former Olympic rider who is based in Cambridgeshire.
Equestrian Sports New Zealand chief executive Jim Ellis issued a statement of condolence to Gadsby's family and friends.
"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," Ellis said.
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