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Georgie Campbell and Elliot Patterson double tragedy devastates equestrian world

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Georgie Campbell, 36, was competing at Bicton International Horse Trials and 32-year-old Elliot Patterson was taking part in a routine training session in Australia when they fell from their mounts

Georgie Campbell fell from her horse Global Quest at the Bicton International Horse Trials (Instagram)

Members of the equestrian world are mourning a double tragedy following the deaths of two riders.

Georgie Campbell, 36, and 32-year-old Elliot Patterson died as a result of falls from their competition horses. Campbell was competing at Bicton International Horse Trials when her mount Global Quest came down at the log into water obstacle.




Immediate assistance was provided by medical professionals at the Devon cross-country course, but sadly it was later confirmed to be a fatal accident. At the time, equestrian participants from across the world had been left devastated by the loss of Australian dressage rider Patterson.

The Grand Prix competitor suffered severe head trauma in a routine training session several weeks ago. Local reports state it left him in a coma and he unfortunately succumbed to his injuries on Saturday.

Tributes have been paid to both riders, with Shane Rose Evening posting on social media: “We are absolutely devastated to hear about the tragic loss of two beautiful people in the past few days. Our thoughts, love and condolences are with all of Elliot Patterson and Georgina Campbell’s family and friends.”

A representative for Sheridan Sport Horses wrote: “Another bright light has been dimmed, so sad. Elliot Patterson along with Georgie Campbell this weekend. Both in separate tragic accidents doing what they love.. Georgie whilst evening at Bicton and Elliot while walking his dressage horse off on a long rein, after a training session in Sydney. So very very sad and sobering. Condolences to all connected.”

Patterson was described as a talented trainer who ran a performance centre in Queensland with his fiancee Alexis Hellyer.

“Elliot had an accident at the end of a routine session,” she told Eurodressage. “Whilst cooling the horse off on a long rein at walk, the horse spooked sideways and lost its back legs and landed on the right side. Elliot was wearing a helmet.”

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