French rider killed in Portugal cross-country fall


French eventing rider Bruno Bouvier has died in a fall in the CIC2* class at the Barroca d’Alva horse trials in Portugal.

Bouvuer’s mount, the 10-year-old gelding Arcilloso III, hit the  fifth obstacle, a triple brush, causing a rotational fall. The accident happened at about 3.30pm on Saturday.

Arcilloso III was uninjured in the fall.

Event Director Nicholas Melbourne Hart and President of the Ground Jury José Miguel Mexia de Almeida expressed their profound regret at the accident.

“On behalf of the whole sport, we would like to extend our deepest sympathy to Bruno Bouvier’s family and to all his friends in the equestrian world,” they said in a statement.

A police inquiry into the accident has been launched.

The fatality is the first in the eventing world since Austrian rider Sebastian Steiner was killed at the three-star Italian championships in Montelibretti in September 2010.

From a skiing family, Bouvier, 60, turned to horses after having his first riding lessons, later renting stables near Voiron.

Bouvier worked as an instructor at his base Pithiviers in the Loire Valley. During his career he rode at both Badminton and Burghley four-star events in Britain.

He is survived by a partner and a daughter.


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