The Belgian showjumper gravely injured in a fall from a horse on Monday has died.
Nick Motmans, 27, was on life support and in a coma following several surgical procedures after he suffered a head injury after the accident, in Lanklaar in Dilsen-Stokkem.
Motmans was struck in the head by the horse’s hoof when he fell.
The Flemish League Horse and the Royal Belgian Equestrian Federation (KBRSF) announced on Thursday that Motmans had died at 9.30am at St. John’s Hospital in Genk.
The KBRSF said the Wellen based rider was a talented jumper who represented Belgium both nationally and internationally, following in the footsteps of his father and grandfather.
Last summer he was the only Belgian rider to compete at the prestigious four-star Hickstead Derby in Britain, where he finished third.
“We have lost a talented young rider with a bright future,” the KBRSF said in a statement, and expressed its condolences to Motmans’s friends, family, and girlfriend.
Many Belgian riders were intending to wear a black armband in competition this weekend, the federation said.
Maasland police and Labour Department officials are investigating the circumstances of the accident.