Injured Belgian showjumper dies after head injury

Nick Motmans
Nick Motmans. © Dirk Caremans

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.

It has started a book of condolences, and messages can be sent to There is also a Facebook page where messages could be left to be passed on to the Motmans family.

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.


3 thoughts on “Injured Belgian showjumper dies after head injury

  • December 6, 2013 at 12:51 pm

    What a tragic story…I feel so badly to hear about this poor man…so young. My friends and I are wondering if he was wearing a helmet when the accident happened? We try to promote wearing helmets even though a helmet doesn’t 100% for sure protect against injury every time. My condolences…..

    • December 13, 2013 at 1:47 am


      What the hell!!!! How inappropriate. Leave your condolences and stop the marketing. BTW, many many people die of head trauma even with your miracle helmet on.

      • April 16, 2015 at 2:21 pm

        She didn’t market anything mate


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