Event Horse and Rider Die on Cross-Country in Florida

A double tragedy marred the Florida International 3-Day Event and Ocala Fall Horse Trials at the Florida Horse Park in Ocala, Florida on Saturday. British/American rider Eleanor Brennan and her 11-year-old mount Mister Barnabus both died when the horse allegedly stumbled, throwing the rider over his head. The horse then came down on top of the rider, according to reports in the Ocala newspaper.

Brennan, a British rider, had been training in Virginia before the event.

This is the third time the event has been held; last year a rider was killed as well. The event was a CCI** as well as a Training Level 3-Day (long format) and a horse trials offering Preliminary, Novice Beginner Novice and Entry levels.

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