Burghley cross-country fall claims life of eventing rider


A rotational fall has claimed the life of British eventer Simon Long at the Burghley Horse Trials on September 4.

Long’s horse, Springleaze Macaroo, refused at a water jump, was turned, and clipped the 20th fence with both front legs and somersaulted onto his rider.

Medical staff spent 30 minutes attempting to resuscitate Long, 38. Springleaze Macaroo was reportedly uninjured in the fall.

Long, 38, ran his own training yard in Wiltshire, having switched disciplines from showjumping four years ago.

His death came on the day of the funeral of Polly Phillipps, who sustained fatal injuries at the Scottish Open Horse Trials at Thirlestane Castle in Berwickshire on August 22.

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