Benjamin Winter (GER) suffered a fatal rotational fall at jump 20, with the horse being uninjured. We offer our condolences to Benjamin’s family and friends
The following is a translation of a statement by the Luhmühlen organising committee
The member of the Eventing Futures squad was flown by helicopter to the Trauma Hospital Hamburg Boberg. Unfortunately the doctors there were not able to stabilize him. TGL associate Michael Spethman showed deep concern: "As organizer, sponsor and riders, we are deeply dismayed and filled with great sadness. We will analyse the fall. The sport is not without risks, but for many years there has been active work to minimize these risk. The sport has many great moments, but this is a terrible moment. "
The senior emergency physician voiced conjecture about how the accident happened: "Basically, the nature of the fall was fatal. Benjamin Winter’s fall was very unlucky. The speed and height of the obstacle were in my view are not decisive," said Dr. Annette Lorey-Tews.
On questions regarding the general safety in eventing FEI Safety Advisor David O’Connor (USA) commented: "We knowingly choose this sport. It was a tragic accident, but we can not make the sport safer than life itself "
The representative of the rider, Peter Thomsen, expressed his regret: "We are stunned. Benjamin has loved the sport. I think that it is in this sense that we should ride on”. This was confirmed by the mother of Benjamin Winter:" Benjamin has the lived for eventing and really looked forward to the four-star competition here in Luhmühlen. My son would wish that it goes on tomorrow”. In a meeting in the evening the riders decided that they want to continue in the competition in his spirit. A memorial ceremony is to be held at 11.00 clock at the showgrounds.
Original available at PM_Benjamin_Winter.pdf
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