A fall during a cross-country event in Spain has claimed the life of Portuguese eventing rider Francisco Seabra, who represented his country at the World Equestrian Games last year.
The accident, at the CIC2* Rancho Alegra Eventing Tour de Utrera in Seville yesterday, February 14, occurred when the 30-year old and his gelding, Aferzysta, fell at the final element of fence 10, a water combination, on the Pierre Michelet designed course at 12.30.
The FEI is conducting a full investigation into the circumstances of the accident.
A doctor and paramedics treated Seabra at the scene, according to a statement from event organisers, but were unable to save him. Ground Jury president Alain James said: “On behalf of all the sports world, I would like to extend my heartfelt considerations to the family of Mr Francisco Seabra.”
Aferzysta, a 12-year-old Polish-bred horse, was uninjured in the fall.
Francisco Seabra’s brother, Durante, is also a leading eventing rider.